This morning I've been reading about the destruction of the temple in AD 70 and how this relates to our lives as Christians today.
I'm amazed all over again with thought of each of us being a "temple of God."
Peter even refers to us as "living stones, being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ," in I Peter 2:5.
If you combine these two thoughts, God has created quite a picture of the "new temple."
Each of us, as mini-temples and living stones, have a very special purpose in the history of Christianity.
Ephesians 2:19-22 says,
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises 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."
I love the thought of the church worldwide being joined together to form a "holy temple in the Lord."
As Christians, we have the honor and responsibility of providing a home in which the Holy Spirit can live, but together all of us form a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
That's a deep thought for a Monday morning, but I just had to share!
How amazing is it to think that on this Monday, March 25th, as we all begin different kinds of days, we have a purpose together (worldwide) of forming the dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
It's a lot more difficult to feel alone in your daily struggles when you realize you have such a higher calling and purpose, isn't it?
Today, no matter what you're facing know this:
As a Christian, you are part of something bigger than yourself, something extremely significant in the Heavenly realm.
Feel encouraged today, knowing that you are part of the spiritual restoration of God's temple that was destroyed with human hands in AD 70.
You are part of something formed by God's Hands.
I don't know about you but that makes today seem much more worthy of my best effort!
From one "living stone" to another, I hope you have an amazing day!