“One of my neighbors,” Stan began, “recently returned from a trip to the Far East.”
Continuing, he said, “Last night she had a group of neighbors over to see pictures from the trip.”
“Good ones?” I asked.
“Yes,” Stan replied. “Very interesting. And she is a great photographer!”
“At one point, she was showing pictures of some of the temples she had visited. One of the other neighbors, in looking at a particular picture, asked her what kind of temple it was.”
“What was it?” I replied.
“She said she didn’t know about that particular one. She had seen many and didn’t know what kind of temple that was.”
“That question and my neighbor’s response,” Stan continued, “reminded me of something I have heard the Holy Spirit say to me more than once about a particular temple.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well,” Stan replied, “as a Christian, I am a temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in me. I think that places on me certain responsibilities to maintain that temple fit for its occupant.”
“When I do not maintain the temple as I should, both physically and spiritually, and I allow it to fall into disrepair,” Stan continued, “the Holy Spirit will step in and ask me, “What kind of temple is this?”
“And your response is what?” I replied.
“If I am honest,” Stan said, “I will confess that I have gotten way off base in allowing the temple, in essence, to become uninhabitable. I will follow that confession by repentance in getting the temple back in shape so the Spirit of God is able to live in me with full manifestation of His presence.”
“Then the Holy Spirt will get a different answer when He asks, ‘What kind of temple are we talking about?’”
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you have made me a temple in which you dwell. I confess that way too often I allow that temple to fall into disrepair and, in essence, become somewhere you do not want to dwell. Please forgive all of that. And please, Lord, lead me in maintaining the temple, not just in physical appearance, but in its inner appearance so that you not only dwell there, but your presence is manifested in every aspect of my being. May the answer to the question of “What kind of temple is that?” always be answered, “That is a temple of God!” Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.