You Are His Temple


Think of it: God lives in you! Therefore, you must be careful where you go, what you do, and what you think about.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16–17, NRSV

Though Paul was speaking these words to the church at Corinth, they speak to us as well. We live in a body-conscious world populated with diet gurus, exercise clubs and beauty salons. Whole magazines are dedicated to healthy eating, stylish clothing and movie stars. As Christians, we have another aspect to consider about our bodies. We are literally temples of God. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. We are His households!

The Old Testament temple was built with great care and expense. Gold, silver, bronze, iron, onyx and precious stones were used in abundance. Why? Because God dwelled there! It was His house. There would be nothing but the best for the King.
He also lives in us. “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23, NRSV). “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever” (John 14:16, NRSV).

Think of it: God lives in me! I must be careful where I go, what I do, and what I think about. Just as David made careful plans for the temple, I will tenderly care for the vessel I am for the Holy Spirit.

FAITH STEP: Begin by choosing one thing to do that will improve the temple that is yours—exercise, positivity, healthy food—and make it a regular practice.

Contributed by Judy Baer






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