“19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
In the Old Testament, Solomon is given the extreme honor of building the first temple. As you read through 1 Kings, pay attention to the level of detail and effort put into ensuring that temple reflected the God it represented. The details are so precise. The decorations are anything but mundane. The opulence of that temple represented well the One it was created for.
Many would refer to the temple as the dwelling place of God. Yet there was only one place the presence of God was manifested, the Holy of Holies, and that was only once a year. Could you imagine seeing a home that far surpassed the luxury of any home you’ve ever seen, only to find out the owner of that home only stayed there one night of the entire year?
If I saw such a thing, a question would come to my mind; ” If that’s what a house looks like they only stay in once a year, what does the home look like that person lives in every day?” We know God resides in Heaven and we know it far surpasses any building or dwelling place the Earth has to offer. That’s not the only place God resides, however. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit, who is God, resides in each one of us.
WOW! The only two places God has made a regular dwelling place of is Heaven and us!!! I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror most days, what I see doesn’t scream “dwelling place of the Most High God.”
Solomon went to great lengths to ensure the temple he was building reflected the God it represented. Does our temple reflect the God it represents, or does it reflect us. If our body is a temple of God, we should be doing everything we can to ensure His accommodations are of the utmost standard.
Most of our temples, however, reflect they are the temple of ME. They are a representation of us filling our own desires and doing what we want. Many of our temples reflect a priority of comfort and personal preference. We like sweets, so we indulge. Exercise is tough, so we abstain. Our Facebook feeds are full, so we lose sleep.
Everything our bodies engage in should reflect the God they’re made to represent. The food we eat, the exercise we engage in, the sleep we ensure we get, should all show we value the temple we were given and the God who resides within. Let us be good stewards of the body we have…it’s the only one we have. When it wears out, so do we.