Exquisite Temples

Dave Gifford

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
2 Corinthians 7:1

The idea that the Holy Spirit is actually living in me used to make me squirm. God suddenly became too close for comfort!

But the more I meditated on the picture Paul uses in today’s passage, the more stunned I became. We ordinary believers are like the religious temples of old. Where can God’s presence be found in this world? In Christians! People seeking God should be able to see him in us. What a prestigious privilege! No matter how humble or rejected we may be in society’s eyes, when we are faithful and authentic we display the radiance of God’s splendor. God’s Spirit dwells in us. We are the light of the world. I wonder how many Christians realize just how beautiful they are, or can be, in the Lord.

We spray ugly graffiti on his glorious temple when we sin. By living for ourselves rather than by the Spirit, we keep his light from shining out through the windows of the ordinary persons we are.

People complain that God does not make himself visible. But people are drawn to lives that radiate. What if we opened wide the temple curtains in a display of loving obedience? Would that not illuminate this dark world?

PRAYER

Spirit of the Living God, help me come to better appreciate and display your radiant presence in my life. Amen.