Worship-Being His Temple

As we saw in Ashlee’s post, there is more to worshiping God than singing songs and raising our hands.  As those set apart, our worship of God involves our whole being including emotions, thoughts, and actions. It is in whatever we find our worth. To gain a better context, we need to go back to creation.

In Genesis 3:8 we see that God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden. Imagine the wonderful fellowship that they had, walking in a perfect garden, side by side with God. He dwelt among them.

However, Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in disobedience to God’s command. This sin damaged the unity they experienced with God. He would no longer freely dwell with them. But, that’s not the end of the story; we’ll see that God would dwell among His people again.

Read Exodus 25:8-9

“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.” 

  • What do you learn about God
  • Where would God dwell?
  • How was it going to be constructed?

God made a way to dwell among His people through the tabernacle. Years later he would make His dwelling place even closer to His people and He would be with them in a more intimate way.

Let’s read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 

  • Where is God’s temple now?
  • Who dwells there?
  • What are you to do with this temple?

Through Christ, He would make the body His dwelling place. The promised Holy Spirit, who seals us (Ephesians 1:13-14), and pours God’s love in our hearts (Romans 5:5) dwells with us! Believers would not have to travel in order to meet with God’s presence, for it would be with them at all times!

Since the body is now the temple of the Spirit of God, does it matter what is done with the body? Absolutely. One hundred percent. Yes. What is done with the body is a spiritual act of worship. The body can glorify God or it can be defiled.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, since our bodies are temples of God we have the privilege of honoring God with what we do with and how we take care of our bodies. We can use all that we are to glorify Him and delight in the fact that His presence in with us and in us. How great is that?

  • How does knowing your body is God’s temple affect the way you view your actions, thoughts, and emotions?
  • How does this affect your worship or where you find your worth? Is it found in your body or in the God who dwells in your body?

Have you thought about studying this more? Check out a no homework bible study called “Living a Life of True Worship“!

Transform Student Ministries

Sarah Beth is a former 2013 Transform Intern. She attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where she is studying Biblical Studies.

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