the place of the Name….(Isaiah 18:7)
Back in college I played a little softball at Millikin University. Each time I put on my uniform I felt different. I understood that my uniform gave me a certain identity and purpose that apart from it I would not have had. I understood as I wore my softball uniform I was representing my school, teammates and coaches and I did not take this lightly. I walked a little differently when I wore my uniform, because I was keenly aware that there was a greater expectation put on my life because of it.
As Christians, we too are different, because of the person we represent. Therefore, we should live our lives with great expectation and zeal for the glory of God, understanding that as we represent His name, we have a greater purpose far beyond our own ability to even begin to fully comprehend the immensity of it.
As followers of Jesus, we have a divine calling, for we are the very place where God’s temple dwells. It is Christ, the Great High Priest who sets up residency in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us, setting up God’s dwelling inside our lives. Jesus makes it possible for you and me to have ongoing fellowship with God. He has made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, cleansing and purifying our hearts as we come to Him for daily renewal.
Our divine calling is found in accepting who we are in Christ. It is living as His temple, daily coming before the Father to live as people who live for the Name. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden”- Matthew 5:14. We, friends, are the people of God, His temple, to show to the world of the greatness of our God.
Jerusalem was the place where the temple dwelt prior to Christ’s death and resurrection. Now, the temple of God lives inside of you. Jerusalem was meant to serve as a beacon to the glory of God. It was God’s city, now you are God’s city to serve as a beacon of HIs light, love and grace to the world.
Living as God’s temple requires daily sacrifice on our behalf to live for the Father’s glory.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8
It means, offering our bodies as a living sacrifice before God (Romans 12:2). It is not a passive calling, living as God’s person is fiercely active. As we take our sin before the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, He purifies our hearts, removes the dross and continues to make us brand new. It is His work, finished on the cross that makes it possible for us to be God’s dwelling place.
This is no call to be taken lightly. There is great expectation put on our lives, because of the call of Christ. We cannot live as we once did, sacrificing our lives and hearts to worthless idols, because we are God’s temple. He will have no other gods before Him and to do so damages our walk with Him, because as we sacrifice to false gods we distance ourselves from the one true God.
The beauty of the gospel is that as we repent, we are restored. There is nothing we can do that will separate us from God’s love. He is a mighty, great, forgiving and loving God. However, if you have the appearance of godliness, but not the power of God, through the risen Christ living in your life, then take heed and repent to be saved from your sin so that a new kingdom might be set up residency in your life through the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Lord, inside of me dwells your presence. I do not take this lightly. I want to live for the world to see of your temple shining brightly in me. Lord, forgive me when I forget who I am in Christ. Forgive me when I make life about my name and not yours. Father, thank you that you love me. Thank you Jesus that you are continually going before the Father on my behalf. Let your light shine in me Lord, that they may see my good deeds and praise my Father in Heaven, in Jesus name, amen.