The Responsibility of a Temple

I don’t know about you but I have been told that “my body is a temple” more times than I could count.
It’s the phrase that my grandparents told me when they didn’t want me to get my nose pierced, what adults told me when they found out I was getting a tattoo, and it’s what I was told in youth when students began to ask questions about sex and relationships.
This phrase always had some kind of negative connotation when I heard it growing up, so somewhere along the way I decided I hated the whole phrase. Eventually, I got over myself. I started to really press into the Word of God. I began to really study this phrase and what I began to realize changed my life forever.

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn. God’s presence dwelt in the temple behind that curtain, so when that veil was torn our bodies became the new temple.

This means that God literally lives inside each of us.
I don’t know about you, but this literally blew my mind. It is something that I always heard growing up. I was always told that the Holy Spirit lives and dwells inside of me, but it never really hit me until this moment. A phrase that I used to cringe at hearing became this revelation of love and purpose over my life.
With this new light to who God is in my life, I began to come to some realizations about how I was living my life.
1. I realized how sacred of a place my heart is. If the Lord lives and dwells there, why would I ever want to let anything in my heart that was not meant to be there? Whether it be a relationship, friendship, or an idea of how I want my life to look I have to guard my heart so closely to make sure nothing enters that is not worthy of entering.
These things can so easily become idols in our lives and I know that I am guilty of placing these things before the Lord, but I’m tired of that. I don’t want anything polluting the place where the Lord lives.

I don’t want to allow anything into my heart next to God, sharing the same space, if it is not worthy of being there.

2. I realized that I wanted to live a life worthy of housing the presence of the Lord. What does this mean? It means that in all that I do I want to honor and praise the Lord. I want every decision I make in my life to worship the Lord.
In 2 Samuel 6 the Ark was brought to Jerusalem. As it was being brought through the streets David danced in the streets with the joy of the Lord. He even took off his clothes. He was so lost and caught up in worshiping the Lord.
Michal, the daughter of Saul, saw David dancing in the street and became angry with him. She thought that he was crazy and when she confronted David he told her in verse 22, “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”

I say all this because sometimes living a life worthy of housing the presence of the Lord, we are going to look crazy to the world. Darkness cannot comprehend the light (John 1:5).

However, as children of the Lord this is the responsibility we have been entrusted with. We have been given the responsibility of housing the presence of the Lord, and I know that I want to do that well.
This is a huge responsibility to take on.

It is hard to guard your heart when the world around you tells you that it is okay to let anything in.

It’s not easy to live a life worthy of housing the Lord and living a life worthy of the calling placed on your life by Him, but I challenge you to take a step of faith. If the disciples wouldn’t have stepped out in faith and followed Jesus when he called them imagine what their lives would have looked like.
They would not have lived an extraordinary life next to the man who created the universe and everything in it.  How much different would the world look without the amazing steps of faith taken by the believers before us?
Are you ready to take a step of faith? Let’s do this together.
XO, Hannah

We Would Love To Hear From You:

1. Would you be willing to look “undignified” or crazy to do what Jesus has called you to do?
2. Living in a culture that says “let anything in”, what are some things that Christians should stop letting in to their hearts?
3. Lets just talk about how CRAZY it is that God lives inside of us, haha!


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