Day 257 – The Price of Being Unfit
On: July 15, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” Luke 21:5-6

Jesus gives us another sharp insight into what really matters in God’s economy. The beautiful temple, a symbol of true worship when built centuries earlier, had degenerated into a den of thieves. Outwardly, it looked as glorious as ever. Spiritually, it had become an empty shell. It was no longer fit for purpose and, as a result, would be handed over for destruction.

Jesus flagged up something similar in his messages to the seven churches in Revelation: I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die. Revelation 3:1-2

Today, God’s people are His temple: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:16. In fact, our very bodies are God’s temple: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 1 Corinthians 6:19

With a few short connections, we are confronted with the fact that our lives are not our own: God’s people belong to Him and are His living temple. Am I awake to this reality?

The Jews of Jesus’ day assumed that, as God’s  chosen people, they were beyond judgement – regardless of their actions. They assumed that the temple would stand forever as a symbol of God’s presence on Earth, regardless of how it was used.

They were wrong. And we would be wrong, if we assume that how we live our lives in Christ doesn’t matter. It does. God looks on. The world looks on.

Prayer:

Father God, I am sorry for when I take Your favour for granted. Awaken me, daily, to the privilege and responsibility of being part of Your living temple. That my life might be an expression of Your Kingdom on Earth, pointing people to You. Amen

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