In my last post, I talked about Paul’s warning to serve God whole-heartedly. A failure to do so runs the risk of losing some kingdom blessings. He continues this thought as he uses the illustration of a temple.
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
I’m a temple to the Holy Spirit. Think about it like the ancient Greek temples. My temple says “Holy Spirit” over the front entrance.
What would you expect if you came to that temple? What if you entered it and saw a Star Trek Convention going on inside? You may question the priest about it.
“That convention is for this week only.”
What if for the next few weeks you visited this temple and saw a beauty pageant, a chili cook-off, and a real estate seminar? You’d ask is this a temple to the Holy Spirit or is it something else?
With that thought in mind, consider what happened when Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple.
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.”
Notice the righteous anger that Christ displayed. What was it that aroused such an attitude? The disciples realized that Jesus was consumed by a zeal for the house of God.
When Christ told His disciples about the Holy Spirit, He said that He was sending “another counselor just like Me.” (John 14:26 – My paraphrase!) The difference is that the Holy Spirit lives in us. He lives permanently in His temple; our body.
In some of my other posts, I’ve talked about the fact that the Holy Spirit is intensely jealous (James 4:5). Do we really get the point? We’re living in the Last Days. The Holy Spirit is starting to cleanse His temple. We need to submit to His program or face the loss.
Remember – the Holy Spirit will not hurt His temple. But He will start to ruin that which would try and steal our affection. In my experience, I’d rather willingly give up something, than have the Lord remove it from my life.
What do we do?
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
If you really want what the Holy Spirit’s desire, then sow to please the Spirit. He doesn’t say to summon up all your will power and live right. No! Simply submit to His plan and sow the Word and prayer. Spend time with the Spirit.
Question: What do you need to do to sow to please the Spirit?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi