Our bodies are our temples.
(Biblical Reference: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 12:1-2)
In Matthew 21:12-17 we learn how Jesus cleansed the Temple in Jerusalem. We read what infuriated Him and what was not permitted inside. Using Christ as an example we will delve into how we could cleanse our temple (mind) and be prepared for worship, through helping others, as disciples of Christ.
Matthew 21:12 And Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who were selling doves.
Reverence, as Jesus sought for the Temple, is how we are to conduct ourselves with Christ in mind. Reverence is a state of being; it keeps us humble and our envy at bay. We gravitate toward the elders and spiritually mature persons in our lives because of their non-threatening demeanor, calm wisdom, deep respect for themselves and others. Their strongest desire is to seek the Lord and do His will. They are not seeking praise for various worldly objects, such as their accessories or newly acquired purchases. Their focus is giving Biblically sound advice. When we regard Christ with reverence our attitudes change. Love and devotion to His purpose for us is clearly defined because our attention is on Him.
How distracting are our attitudes? What we “sell” forces others to “buy” before they can be heard. Are we “selling” beauty? If so, are others required to “buy” us with compliments? Are we “selling” superior intellect? If so, are others required to “buy” or match wits? Are we “selling” prideful, arrogant, unstable emotions? If so, are others required to “buy” resentment to soften the blows of our mood swings? Jesus cleansed the Temple of all that was defiling and proved a stumbling block to those seeking to worship. Being disciples of Christ we need the help of the Holy Spirit to adjust our attitudes toward Him, ourselves and others. We can be intentional; taking steps to heal our hurts through deepening our relationship with God.
We first must acknowledge what our flawed mindsets are and how through Christ we can become the confidant, courageous, and bold doers of His will. Dear brothers and sisters do not let another moment go by allowing painful emotions to be sold. Betrayal, loneliness, unworthiness are distractions the enemy plants to keep us feeling inferior and broken. Prayer is therapeutic, it begins the healing process. Our responsibility is to Christ. Through His shed blood, God gave us eternal life; He died for our sins. We are made whole in Him. God receives us with open arms no matter how broken, scared, or confused we may be. Surrender all to God, allow His grace, love, and mercy to heal from the inside out. We were already purchased, redeemed by the Redeemer, our “for sale” signs can be removed through repentance of our sins and seeking His forgiveness. In God we are loved beyond measure.