“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV)
Seven dogs, bring a lot of the outside in with them during every day of every season. During the winter, the snow comes in stuck to feet and legs. It’s mud, during the spring, bugs and dust during the summer and dry leaves and sticks amidst the fall. All stuff from the outside coming in, that can cause me a lot of extra work when it comes to keeping the house clean. One of the habits which I have cultivated however, which prevents a lot of the outside coming in, is to quickly groom each dog, with an appropriate comb for their coat, before they enter the house.
Likewise, if we are not alert and careful, we too can pick up a lot of unwelcome debris from the outside world and bring it into our lives, the temple of the Lord, wherein dwells His Holy Spirit. Inappropriate attitudes, language, humor, thoughts, even actions can all attach themselves to us, often slowly and in such a way that we become unaware of their intrusive presence until one day we discover that our lives have in one area or another begun to stray far from the path of Christ’s walk and ways.
There is however something we can do about this if we will cultivate a habit. The habit of asking the Holy Spirit to inspect our lives daily and to point out and help us comb out, anything and everything that does not line up with God’s will and way. By so doing, the Spirit is able to impress upon us where the unwelcome debris is coming from: certain television programs, movies, the internet, reading material, friends or acquaintances, hobbies, our own desires which do not line up with God’s will and ways, unhealed wounds or an unforgiving spirit. There are many, many things that can and do inappropriately influence us, but the Holy Spirit knows everything and He is able to make us aware of and free us from all of them, if we will only let Him.
Today, may each of us set the ongoing goal to let Him.
Prayer: Father God, what an awesome truth and privilege it is to be a temple for Your Holy Spirit. Bless each of us with the desire to allow the Spirit to inspect our lives daily and then to honour You by obeying the things He tells us to do that our bodies may be holy and welcoming places for Your presence. In Christ’s name we ask. Amen