search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts

Archives

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 607 other followers

Bible Reading Christian Christianity community Fear God Gospel Greed Intellect Jesus Mercy missional Music pastor Prayer Preaching Pride repentance Scripture service Sovereignty Spiritual Discipline Uncategorized Worldliness Worship

A Temple for God

This past Sunday, with hands raised, I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude as I sang with fellow believers in worship. I was grateful for my heavenly Father who cares for me. Thankful for Jesus, the cross, the suffering, the victory. As the words of the songs filled the sanctuary I was aware that everything was created by God to glorify God; every situation ordered to bring good to those who love Him. My heart overflowed. Why?

I read a book that was recommended to me, “Glorifying God in your Body – Whose Is It – Yours Or His?” by Albert N. Martin. It is a short volume and can be easily read in a single sitting. I chose to follow-up the Scripture references during a second read. The book addresses the subject of glorifying God by how we care for our bodies without falling into body worship.

I was coming to the end of a twenty-two year pastorate. Retirement was only a few short months away. I felt I had poured myself out into the lives of the believers I was called to shepherd. Looking back, I see where I confused a lack of self-care with sacrifice. I rationalized that I didn’t have time to exercise properly even though I lived a sedentary life behind a desk. I didn’t have time to eat properly because there was always something to be done. The root cause of my lack of self-care was guilt, not sacrifice. God would be angry with me for not sacrificing enough. The people I cared for would be angry with me because I wasn’t doing enough. Guilt was driving me; a desire to please everyone was crushing me. I was not glorifying God in my body.

God used Martin’s book to begin exposing an unrecognized fault to the cleansing and freedom of Christ. I would begin a process of questioning, studying, and seeking His face that would be at times painful and revealing.

I am learning. I’m learning to present my body as a living sacrifice, a temple that houses the Spirit of God. I am learning how to maintain this body temple just as the priests maintained Solomon’s temple. I want it useful to the God who deserves all praise. Learning is opening a door of freedom that is leading to greater thankfulness and joy in daily life.

One comment on “A Temple for God

  1. Ed says:

    It’s good to see you are still writing my friend. Glad to see you are on the mend too.

Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: