Solomon’s temple is one of the most incredible structures of ancient times. Layered with gold, the finest craftsmen were employed to build it. It wasn’t overly large. But the temple and the articles insider were so extraordinary that when Jerusalem fell, the Babylonians took everything of value from it and set fire to it, leaving behind a pile of rubble (2 Chronicles 25).
A temple is considered a holy place. One would never run and shout in them. They are consecrated for worship. They are usually splendid places full of relics and beautiful tapestries. The worshipers take better care of their temple than they would their own home. If a foreigner were to enter the temple of another culture, they must be very careful not to cause offense.
1Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Putting this very literally, you are a temple. Your physical body is a place for the Holy Spirit to live. It is meant to worship and glorify God. It makes one think a little differently.
We were bought with a price. The blood of Jesus Christ paid the price for us that we ourselves could not pay. In light of this why would we not choose to glorify Him with our bodies?
In context, this verse is talking about sexual immorality, but I believe this applies to many areas, physically and otherwise. How am I taking care of this ‘temple’? Do I eat whatever I want? Or do I consider that God might care how I take care of this temple and how long it will last? Do I exercise? I don’t believe that it should consume anyone, but it is a useful tool in taking good care of ourselves.
There are many more areas. I’m not going to delve into them, only to bring them up and let you decide: sleep, how much you do or don’t get; books and magazines, what you read; TV and video games, what you watch; tattoos and piercings, who do they glorify? What you say…
Keep it in the perspective of a temple. You are a temple. The Holy Spirit of God lives inside of you. What does that temple look like to those outside? If anyone were to observe you without knowing your beliefs, would they be able to tell who or what is worshiped in your temple? Or do we look to much like the temples of the world?