Bible reading: Romans 12
What comes to your mind when you hear the word, ‘temple’? Does it sound like an archaic word? One that is no longer in vogue? I doubt if you have heard anyone say, “I am going to the temple” in months or even years. We use phrases such as ‘church’, ‘house of God’ and ‘assembly’ nowadays. Some of us even use the word “home” for our local churches. I find it quite interesting that we are referred to as God’s temples in the scriptures.
You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred— and you, remember, are the temple.
1 Corinthians 3: 16-17 MSG
You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves. God paid a very high price to make you his. So honour God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6: 18-20 ERV
In the ancient times, people travelled from far and wide to encounter God at the temple in Jerusalem. People believed that God’s presence was in His temple. Now, we are God’s temples, this means that we carry God’s presence, spirit and aura. When we gave our lives to God, we became God’s beloved children. He gave us his spirit in our hearts to lead and guide us and He sanctified our body and called us His own. We are God’s temple. God didn’t only pay a huge price to redeem our souls, he paid it to purchase us wholly; spirit, soul and body! You are God’s temple, dear friend! You have God’s spirit in you. You carry His presence! We belong to God and we must be faithful to Him with everything He has given us including our bodies. How then should we treat our bodies as God’s temple? How do we honour God with our bodies? How do we stay faithful with our bodies to God? Here are a few handles to help us.
Yielding our bodies to God: In Romans 12:1, we are encouraged us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable. It is true that God has saved us and put His spirit with us, it is true that God has bought us with a price but it is also true that our bodies are still vulnerable to sin and temptation. Hence, we have a responsibility to keep yielding our bodies to God so that God will be honoured in our bodies. Presenting our bodies to God means surrendering it to God to be used for His glory alone. How do we do this? It starts with a reckoning in our hearts, a believing that our bodies have been redeemed from sin. When we believe that God has redeemed us from sin, we can, then, by the help of the Holy Spirit start yielding our bodies to God alone for him to use for His glory.
Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but
yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:11-14 KJV
Belief must be followed by actions. Believing that you are dead to sin must be followed by actions. So, now that you believe you are no longer ruled by sin, you must refuse to allow sin to rule our bodies. It’s just like having someone bluffing around and bullying you in your area just because he claimed to be a commandant in the army by putting on a fake military attire and then, you find out he’s been lying. What happens after you find out? He can’t bully you any longer. Sin can’t bully you any longer, you have been redeemed from it. If you are struggling with overcoming a bad habit, addiction or sin, you can be free by believing that God has delivered you from the power of that sin. Believe it and don’t allow that sin to rule over you again.
Avoid sin triggers: There are triggers that makes us vulnerable to sin. Avoid them! There are things you can’t take into the temple! Not everything can be done in the temple. The temple is sacred. There are movies that shouldn’t be watched, conversations that shouldn’t be engaged and songs not to listen to if we will keep the temple clean. The conversation doesn’t stop at believing that we are dead to sin. It also involves taking actions that follow the direction of what we believe.
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22 KJV
Be in places and with people that can help you follow righteousness. Don’t just flee evil, pursue good. There are things to pursue and things to run away from.
Stay healthy: Eat good food, exercise, eat fruits and rest well. Manage your time well, delegate if you need to and don’t be too hard on yourself. We need to treat our bodies as God’s temple because without our bodies, our minds and spirits cannot function. Take care your body. Keep it clean and smelling fresh inside and outside. Let the aura of God that you carry be seen visibly! Stay faithful with your body.
Something to Pray: Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to keep your body under control and to be faithful to God with your body.
Mrs Mercy Aluko
Mrs Aluko volunteers with the Bible Engagement team at Sycamore