God's Holy Fire: 'Don't Vandalize God's Temple'

Saturday, November 4, 2023

You realize, don't you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God's temple, you can be sure of that. God's temple is sacred — and you, remember, are the temple.
— 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 MESSAGE

Key Thought

What often gets lost in this passage is that the "you" is plural — "y'all" in southern parts of the USA. The congregation, the local church, is the temple of God. God lives in us and among us. So when damage is done to the local church because of bickering or division or splits or anything else, God takes these sins seriously and will deal with these sins strongly. "The Message" uses the image of "vandalizing" in referring to doing damage to the local church. When we create problems in the church, we are vandalizing something precious to God, the place he lives and makes his home! Through the Holy Spirit, God personally lives in us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and in us as a church (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). We are holy and precious and sacred to God, and he wants us to treat each other as something holy and precious and sacred.

Today's Prayer

O God and Father, forgive me for not regarding your church with reverence and appreciation. I know that we are flawed because of our sinfulness and weakness, but I also know that you live in and among us. Use me to help others see your church as something holy and precious and sacred. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.


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Illustration of 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 MESSAGE —  God's temple is sacred — and you, remember, are the temple.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.
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