Whose Temple have you Built?

Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.”

John 2 v 19

I only surrendered to Jesus and God fully, this year.

Having been a spiritual explorer for over a decade it took me a long, long time to discover that the only things I really wanted were forgiveness for the bad things I have done in life, more of the love I’ve been blessed with through my family and, healing so that I could move forward in life.

In my arrogance and confusion I had sought healing from every source other than the Bible.

It’s amazing what happens when you spend some time alone with the Bible and read it with an open heart and a genuine thirst for God’s love and wisdom.

In the verse from the gospel of John, above, Jesus refers to his body as a temple and given that he lived without sin, it truly was a holy place. But what about me? Mine belongs to a sinner. Let’s have a quick review of the seven deadly sins:

  • Lust
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Wrath
  • Envy
  • Pride

Yes, I’ve indulged in them all in a big way. But we’re all human, and I suspect if nothing else unites us in this age of division and polarisation, our collective propensity to sin does.

So it could be said that through either ignorance or willful indulgence, the temple I’ve been building for most of my 40 years is a temple of sin and shame. It’s not that I’m a bad person, just that I’ve not been hungry enough to be a great person. I’ve been satisfied to sit back in the shadows, minding my own business.

Thankfully, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are an expert team in temple renovation, meaning that we don’t need to tear down the temple, but instead, we can let God fix us brick by brick.

However, as with all renovations, you have to first empty the building of its contents before the heavy work starts and I can attest that it feels quite unnerving to find, half-way through your life, that you’re a shell of your former self. However, it’s also tremendously exciting to appreciate that God is painstakingly working to replace your foundations, repair the broken bits of you and create His masterpiece in you. What could be more wonderful?

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