“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…” 1 Cor. 6:19
My body is the temple.
My heart is the holy of holies.
God lives in me! The creator of the universe takes up residence in me. And, not just a little part of Him; all of Him. His Spirit is Him and His Spirit lives in me.
My heart–a home for God.
Let that sink in. I am God’s house.
When I walk around doing things, I am carrying God. This earthen vessel is a container of the greatest treasure of the universe. I am a treasure chest! The universe cannot contain Him. And yet, He chooses to live in me. Amazing!
Outwardly, St. Paul says, I am wasting away. Inwardly, he continues, I am being renewed day by day.
My lack of holiness comes from the times I do not allow Him to live through me. Holiness is not about striving to make myself better for God. I do not need to grit my teeth and force some kind of holy behavior.
The more I receive the truth that God lives in me; the more I let go and allow Him to shine through, the more holiness becomes evident in my life. Holiness is beautiful when it draws attention to God.
Old Testament salvation was possible: believe in the promises of God and live an upright life. Christ came, not just to “save” me and take me to heaven when I die. He came so that through His death and resurrection, He might dwell in me in a new and living way–that He might give renew my heart, and from that renewed heart I will want to live a new life in Him; that He might be resurrected in and through me!
In Christ God is able to have a relationship with me through His Spirit dwelling in me. In Christ, God came closer than anyone can ever be: dwelling inside my heart!
All I can do; the thing I must do, is live my life in gratitude; live in such a way as to allow Him to flow through!