Last week, in The Heavenly Temple, Part 1, we saw that the earthly tabernacles were but copies of the one in Heaven, and we receive glimpses of the Heavenly sanctuary throughout the book of Revelation.
The very first glimpse of the Heavenly sanctuary is found in Revelation 1: “In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing…” (Rev. 1:12b)
Though the book of Revelation is full of symbolism, often leaving us guessing at what is being told, when it comes to the lampstands, no guessing is required: “The mystery of the…seven golden lampstands:…the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.” (Rev 1:20, NKJV).
Why is this important?
Let’s take a brief trip back to Exodus for the answer: “Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it…“ (Exod 25:37, NIV2). Thus, the purpose of the lampstand and its seven lamps was to provide light for the space in front of it. If you’ve ever wondered what the purpose of the church is, it is spelled out for you here: To light up the world around it so that all men can be drawn to the light of the lamb!
What does this have to do with our heart temples?
Just this: A church is only as strong as each of its parts. We, as human beings, make up the parts to the church, and in order for the church to be the light it is designed to be, each of its individual parts must shine forth brightly. That means that you and I must do our part to shine. And why not? Aren’t we temples of God’s Spirit? Is not the light of Christ burning brightly in each of our hearts?
The other morning I got up and put on my glasses. As I began stumbling around the house, it occurred to me that despite the light I had switched on, it was awfully dark. It was like the house was filled with smoke!
I panicked initially, but there was no smell of smoke…Maybe it was my eyes! I pulled off my glasses to rub them, and it was as if the air suddenly cleared. Holding the lenses up to the light I saw the reason for my “smoky darkness”: My glasses were filthy!
Friends, the light of Jesus Christ burns brightly in each heart that is dedicated to Him. However, if the windows of our heart are dirty, then the light that shines through them is diffused, darkened, “smoky.”
Taking it a bit farther, if each individual part of the church (read each human being) walks around with dirty heart-windows, then the light from our heart-temples cannot shine out to light the way for a lost and hurting generation. Just like I needed to clean my glasses in order to be able to see, we need to clean our heart-windows so that we can shine for Jesus.
How do we do that?
Ps. 119 gives us a number of clues:
1. Vs. 9: “Taking heed to God’s Word;”
2. Vs 10: Seeking God with our whole hearts;
3. Vs 11: Hiding God’s Word in our hearts;
4. Vs 12: Begging God to teach us His ways;
5. Vs 13: Declaring the ways of the Lord;
6. Vs 14: rejoicing in God’s instruction;
7. Vs 15: Meditating on God’s Ways
8. Vs 16: Remembering God’s Word
Notice anything that these verses have in common?
The Word of God! Getting into God’s Word, meditating on it, declaring it, rejoicing in it, remembering it. This is the secret to cleaning up our heart-windows so that Jesus’ light can shine through us to a lost and broken world, and this is what the lampstands in the Heavenly sanctuary have to teach us for our heart-temples today.
Will you join me today in resolving to get into God’s Word so that our heart-windows will let Jesus’ light shine through?
Please join us next week to see what the washbasin of the Heavenly sanctuary has to teach us about our heart-temples in The Heavenly Temple, Part 3!
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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