Posted by: Larry Hoekman | September 3, 2018

Luke — What’s Happening in Your House?

Day 3149: Labor Day holiday today in the U.S. But no matter where you are, always take time to rest!

Scripture:  When Jesus entered the temple courts, He began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” He said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Luke 19:45, 46

Thoughts/questions: Jesus’ reactions to situations varied, as He could never be put in a box! Here, an inappropriate use of the temple courts brought His most aggressive reaction ever. God’s house was NOT to be misused.

In I Corinthians 6:19 we learn, Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” We daily involve ourselves with our temple. We feed it, water it, clothe it, often exercise it, compare it to others’ (not good), and basically take very good external care of it.

But how would Jesus rate our use or misuse of our temple spiritually? Would He state like He did in today’s verses that we need Him to cleanse our temple? Do some of our thoughts need to be driven out? Do we need to go back to the relationship that God originally designed for us?

Yes, we are to take care of our external body, but we cannot ‘rob’ from God’s true intention of our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit. We may never give our spiritual body equal time to what we give to our external body, but we should all close the gap a bit!!!

Suggested Prayer: Dear Holy Spirit, my body is Your temple. Help me to act like it . . .

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