The splendor of the temple that Solomon built is well-documented in the book of 1 Kings. Cedar, gold, silver, bronze, ornate sculptures and art work…every detail was meticulous and marvelous.
The stones were chiseled into exacting shapes off site, so no noise would be heard on the holy ground where the temple stood.
The expertise of the craftsmen, the effort placed on obtaining the very best of everything from distant lands…all of it came together in a process that took seven years start to finish.
Think of all the cathedrals and stadiums and venues of the world, every mansion and castle, none in their most majestic condition could match the splendor of the temple, because it was ordered and ordained by God to be his holy dwelling place.
Fully aware of all that, now consider Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:19-22:
We are “fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In Him, the whole building is joined together to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him, you, too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”
Wow, how should that impact our self image and our commitment to avoiding sinful thoughts, attitudes and behaviors?
We are the very temple of God in which his Spirit dwells!
So often, when I encounter or associate with difficult people, I pray for God to help me see them as He sees them.
I never pray to see myself the way He sees me. It seems too self-centered or egotistical.
But Satan loves to beat us up and make us feel inadequate for evangelistic purposes or unsuitable for Christian service by reminding us of our shortcomings and failures.
When you feel that way, remember those feelings of shame, being unqualified, unusable…none of that comes from God. It comes from the enemy.
Think of the most beautiful, luxurious, well-appointed hotel or home you have ever been in.
God sees you as superior to that! As more beautiful than that! You are His holy temple, “built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles.”
You are an extremely valuable piece of real estate in God’s kingdom. You are priceless to Him. Because He paid for you with the life of His son.