Holy Spirit

The Lord’s Temple: Part 2

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

-1 Corinthians 3:16

Yes, that’s the same verse from yesterday. 😉

So, continuing from yesterday and building off the challenge. How do we make our “temples” clean like Hotel Room #1? Obviously, it’s kind of hard to actually bake some cookies for God, or at least to get them to Him.

One way to do this is obviously to try and keep from sinning. Ask God to help you keep your temple pure and clean from sin. He’ll help you.

Another way is to stay healthy. One way to do this is to eat healthier, (obviously, but still…) and to exercise. Yes, my current “exercise program consists of running around the yard with the dog just about every day and horseback riding once a week, although I do get to play the occassional tiring game of hide-and-go-seek/tag. Those little kids always beat me! 🙂

Challenge: Same as part one. But maybe you should try moving the cookies a little farther away from you this time, so you don’t eat all of God’s cookies.

The Lord’s Temple: Part 1

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

-1 Corinthians 3:16

That’s kind of scary. God’s Holy Spirit lives in us! That means we might want to keep his “temple” nice, right? I mean, God is living in you!

Let’s use an analogy. Close your eyes and imagine this. Wait, then you won’t be able to read. Ha-ha. Never mind. Let’s just imagine two hotel rooms.

Hotel Room #1: Beautiful. Clean. White sheets on the bed. Extra soap and shampoo in the bathroom. A plate of (fresh) cookies sitting on the nightstand. And a beautiful view of the ocean. Or the mountains. Or whatever you think would be a beautiful hotel-room view.

Hotel Room #2: Cramped. Dirty. Sheets have stains on them. A pile of dirty towels in the bathroom. And a couple of dead cockroaches in one of the corners. And a dead spider on the pillow.

Ugh. I think that’s enough. So, if God’s staying in your “temple”, which room would you rather be like: Hotel Room #1 or Hotel Room #2? And I hope you say Hotel Room #1.

Challenge: Make an effort to make your “temple” like Hotel Room #1. (More about this tomorrow) Feel free to bake God some cookies.

The Rhyming Gospels

The Great Commission

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus, in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Challenge: Live out the Great Commission! 🙂

Okay, here’s a little bonus. The Great Commission… from the Rhyming Gospels!

“Go therefore; make disciples

Tell them of My salvation.

“Baptize them in the Father’s name,

Of the Son and Spirit, too,

Teach them to observe all things

That I have commanded you.

“I will be with you always,

In all the things you do.

I’ll provide the power to overcome

Until life on earth is through.”

Jesus, in Matthew 28:19-20 (Rhyming Gospels)