According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 3:16; “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”, we are not our own. We are the temple of God and Holy Spirit.
Definition of temple (Google): noun: a building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or god or other objects of religious reverence. North American: a synagogue; a place of Christian public worship.
This means we are the building that is devoted to the worship of God/Holy Spirit. We are His synagogue, His temple. Being as such, we ought to be mindful of what we allow into His temple. God created our bodies, Jesus Christ redeemed/bought us with a price, His very life and Holy Spirit sanctifies us.
A few of the things we need to be mindful of include the food we eat, gluttony, gossip, slander, sexual immorality, TV shows, movies and music (the eye gate), drug use (illegally) and alcoholism (being a drunkard). Any and all of these things can contaminate the temple of God. I can hear it now. “Lori, you’re being judgmental. You’re being legalistic.” And my response to that is “No, I’m not.” I’m bringing you the truth of the Word of God. Please check out 1 Corinthians 5:12 for your reading pleasure.
Jesus bought us with His life. We are told in just these two Scriptures we are not our own. Holy Spirit dwells in us. We are His abode. Everywhere we go and everything we do, we are taking Him with us. If I go to a bar and decide I want to get drunk (I’m not talking about having an occasional drink or two), how does Holy Spirit feel about that? If I continuously overeat and because of my eating habits, I develop health issues, how does Holy Spirit feel about that? Maybe He doesn’t like ice cream as much as I do. (Oh, I hope that’s not the case because I love ice cream)!
I’d like to challenge all of us, the next time we decide to do something, ask Holy Spirit how He feels about it? Or perhaps we should take inventory of our lives and our habits. Are the things we are doing bringing worship to God? Are they pleasing to Him or are we perhaps grieving Holy Spirit?
Ephesians 4:25-30 NLT: 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. 28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
It’s time we start caring as much about our bodies and what we allow in them, Gods temple, as much as we do about the appearance of our church buildings and our homes. Holy Spirit did not set up His abode in either of those places, He chose US, Gods children as His temple. Remember, we’re on this journey together. And with the help of Holy Spirit, we can do it!