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, by 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. If we gravitate towards the elders and spiritually mature people in our lives, they will help us learn how their non-threatening demeanor, calm wisdom, deep respect for Christ sets them apart from others. Their strongest desire is to seek the Lord and do His will. People who are anchored in Christ are not seeking praise for various worldly objects, such as their accessories or newly acquired purchases. 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” academic credentials? Are we “selling” 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. Being intentional. Take steps to heal hurt through deepening our relationship with God.
Step One. Acknowledge our flawed mindsets and how, through Christ, we can become the confident, 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.
Step Two. 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.
Step Three. Surrender all to God, allow His grace, love, and mercy to heal from the inside out. We were already purchased and redeemed by the Redeemer, our “for sale” signs can be removed. Through repentance of our sins and seeking His forgiveness we can forgive ourselves. In God we are loved beyond measure.