Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“All believers have God in their heart. But not all believers have given their whole heart to God. Remember, the question is not, how can I have more of the Spirit? But rather, how can the Spirit have more of me? Take inventory. As you look around your life, do you see any resistant pockets? … Go down the list…
“Your tongue. Do you tend to stretch the truth? Puff up the facts? Your language? Is your language a sewer of profanities and foul talk? And grudges? Do you keep resentments parked in your “garudge”? Are you unproductive and lazy? Do you live off the system, assuming that the church or the country should take care of you? …
“Do your actions interrupt the flow of the Spirit in your life?”
- Max Lucado, Come Thirsty
Can I sign up to be the first one in Lucado’s class for this? My wife insists that that I stretch the truth, but frankly, I think she is monkeying with the facts herself. I do fine with the language until someone cuts me off in traffic and I nearly end up in the ditch. When I die, I would like to say, “Praise You, Jesus,” but I’d rather say “Rosebud” than to say what comes out of my mouth when careening toward a ditch at 60mph. I don’t really have a “garudge,” but I do remember stuff. The last one is unfair. I worked hard over my career. I am working hard now on this unpaid, in an earthly sense, position of writing a blog, but I collect the Social Security checks each month, from the tons of money that I poured into it.
But Lucado’s first paragraph is the meat of the quote. Our inventory of our actions tells the story, but, as I wrote a few weeks ago, there are ‘nice’ people who do not know God. Their niceness will do them no good on Judgment Day.
I realized when I became a Christian that Jesus wanted it all. I could not have Him or the gifts that He offered through the Holy Spirit without offering all of myself in return. But when that happened, it is like what E. Stanley Jones wrote, “When I met Christ, I felt like I had swallowed sunshine.” I have never had a serious doubt since. (The doubts have just been Satan trying to mess with me.)
As for the temple in the Scripture, I have abused my body over my lifetime, but my body contains my soul. I have fed it with Scripture and Bible Study and Worship. And that Worship has been each day of the week, glorifying and thanking God. Okay, before my wife says that I stretch the truth, there might have been a day or two when I fell short. Don’t we all? And were those days not wasted days?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.