This is Your Wake Up Call!

Do You Value Your Temple

images-75LaNicia Williams

John 2:12-25 NIV

“After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days. When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken. Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” John 2:12-25 NIV

Have you ever been to someone’s house and it is meticulously neat and looked more like a model home than a home someone lived in? I don’t have the talent of making sure there is a nook and cranny for everything. My home usually looks like I live and work at home. Not messy, but you can definitely see my footprint.

Our bodies are the living sanctuaries for the spirit of the true and living God. Our bodies are sacred to God. Disrespecting our bodies is a direct reflection of our belief in God. Who would look forward to getting to Heaven if we knew that there was pollution everywhere and a lack of care? God promises us the best of the best. If we do not respect our temple, who will?

Honoring our body honors God. When you value something or someone, you make sure that they are protected from damage, disrespect and being devalued in any way. How is it then that we do not protect our body from worldly defects and selfish desires? The spirit of God who lives in each one of us deserves the best temple that we have to offer.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

LaNicia Williams

Seattle, WA

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