The Temple of the Holy Spirit

Men, what if you attended a church one Sunday and found the place trashed? The outside looked good–a nice building, in good repair–but inside? Wow! Not a clean chair in the house. Garbage around the altar, and food wrappers and coffee cups all over the floor. The piano player has a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20, and the drummer has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. The music is profane, as are the preachers opening words. Would you stay? Of course not! None of us would want to attend a church that showed such disrespect for God.

Which brings us to our scripture: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Mostly, we do a pretty good job keeping the outsides of these temples in good shape. After all, it’s the part that shows. But, what’s inside? “The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man, it searches out his inmost being” (Proverbs 20:27). We can hide our hearts from others but not from God. What does God see when He comes inside? Pornography? Profanity? Greed? Dishonesty? Those sins we hide deep inside us are trashing the temple of the Holy Spirit.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? You are not your own, you were bought at a price.”

We were bought at a price, a very precious price. That’s why he commands us to honor God with our body. It’s not OK to trash the temple of the Holy Spirit!

Just like our church, we want the outside to look good, but it is inside where the action is. When He moved in, we became holy ground. That’s where the King is enthroned–the Savior, the Deliverer, the Conqueror, the Healer, the Shepherd. That’s where needs are met and prayers are answered. It is for our good that we make ourselves be a temple that honors Him.

“Therefore… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).

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