16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Co 3:16–23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Church Family: Family Rooms
Jesus tells us in John 14:2 that God’s house has many rooms. Some poets over the years have interpreted this to mean that we will all be living in our own mansions when we get to heaven. I think a better way to interpret this is that we all have a room set for us in God’s big mansion. God’s house (or temple as it was called) was originally a building set apart from the common people. When God invited us into relationship with Him, through the sacrificial love of
Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, He also left the one big temple and starting showing up in the homes of believers. This has led me to conclude that God is building a big house made up of many family rooms with adjacent personal rooms for each of us.
God wants entire families to be saved. It was He who invented family and taught it to us. But I believe God wants even more. God wants more than us to just get our ticket reserved for heaven, He wants to live with us today. He wants to come stay with us in our family room and show us how to truly be family in the way only He can teach. Our churches are like the hallways that connect these various family rooms together and we are made to meet Jesus in the hallways of life as well. But the big picture here is that all of these places: the hallways, our family rooms, even our own personal rooms are God’s temple… He wants to live in all of it and He wants to be the Lord of all of it.
God does not tolerate destruction in His temple. It does not matter if it is destruction in the church, in the family, or self-destructive behaviors. The good shepherd will go after the lost sheep every time, but He will not tolerate a wolf in sheep’s clothing who only intends to harm the sheep. Those who refuse to let God lead will soon find themselves outside, like the disobedient wedding guest who was cast out of the house into the cold and darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 22)
Reflection: How are you making your family room part of the temple of God? How are you making your own room part of the temple of God?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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