The Spirit of Jesus Christ lives in us. It wasn’t always that way. In the days of the Old Testament, the Spirit of God lived in a building. The building was called his temple, but because the Lord sent his son, the Son of God, to give himself as a sacrifice for our wrongs, he has now made us, humans, his temple instead of a building. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Now that we have become the temple of God, we need to stay conscious of how we treat our bodies, minds and spirits. We need to work hard to progress through Christ so that Christ isn’t living inside a rundown, old factory.
““Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but, see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house”” (Haggai 1:7-9).
What God is saying is that we are running around to make our own lives better—new car, new house, new DVD player—but at the same time, we are neglecting God’s house which remains a disaster area. When we do that, God is going to make us fail. Jesus says “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 5:31-33). Our money, our love lives, the building we attend Sunday morning service in are all things that can get in the way of making God’s temple the way he likes.
God no longer lives in a temple made out of wood and stone. We—his people—are the temple. Therefore, if we are to build a place for God to take pleasure in, we must fix ourselves up—not by fancy clothes and perfumes, but by the will of God. We must do our best to get rid of the things that God doesn’t like. Our anger issues, our lust, our greed, our big mouths—all of those things get in God’s way, stopping him from producing what he wants to produce in our lives.
To get rid of those things, we must seek Jesus Christ. When we seek God, we can’t do it with half a heart. We must be committed to wanting what God wants, and once God tests our hearts and sees that we are not just blowing smoke, he will help us. He will take those harmful desires out of our spirits, freeing us from their addictions, and give us the opportunity to stay that way, living pure, addiction-free lives.
But we can’t go back to them once God has taken them away. We need to continue to fight to keep away from them, and that takes strength. It takes work. It takes pain. It takes sheer grit. It takes time spent going around and picking up the clutter, doing the back breaking work of taking a beat-up old foundry and flipping it into a fine-tuned-machine.
Keep returning to God. Every time we fail, we need to turn back to Jesus Christ. Be honest with him. Be humble. Tell him what’s going on. He will forgive us. He will be merciful. He will never take his love away.
Keep moving forward in his ways. Pray. Seek God, because the end result is worth it. God’s Word will produce amazing things in our lives when his temple is free from the clutter that stops up his operation. Prosperity will be ours. Abundance will be ours. And, most importantly, Jesus will use us to lead the lost into his kingdom in ways that seem unbelievable.