“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”I Corinthians 6:19-20
We went to Angkor Wat a couple of weeks ago with the Potters Field team that came over to Cambodia. These temples were amazing! They were these huge buildings all made from stone, created over a thousand years ago. The design and the the detail in these temples were stunning. I loved taking in the uniqueness of the structure. What saddened me, and most of the people on the team was that these temples took years and years to build. Yet the people of Cambodia, in that day, built it for a god that doesn’t exist. A god that doesn’t hear their cries, that doesn’t come to their rescue, and a god that doesn’t love them. I love how the church of Christ is not the building, but the people. The body of Christ is all the people who are following the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our God loves us, He hears our cries, and He saves us from our enemies. As amazing the temples were in Siem Reap, our God wants us as temples to Him. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you.” The Holy Spirit is living in me, He is filling me with Him and guiding me in ways that I will know He is leading me. I need to be constantly taking care of the temple of God. If I don’t keep up the maintenance and more and more trash and filth get into it. The temple will start to fall apart and become unlivable for anyone. It will soon be looked at and awed of what it use to be but not what it is now. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. I need to live in the world as one of God’s chosen people, knowing that I am just passing through. Yet taking care of everything that He has given me.
A: Read Romans 6 “Dead to Sin, Alive in God”
Romans 14:3Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.
This was probably one of the most difficult chapters for me to read and understand this week. I for some reason had Romans 14:11 written down. I was going to write about it, yet I felt like it was out of context. Long story short I decided to read the entire Romans 14 chapter to really understand it. This verse is what stuck out to me. Talking about someone who eats and one that doesn’t eat. Eat what? Eat food? Eat pizza? There is a lot of food that people eat. Being in Cambodia I have eaten things I never imagined I would. In the earlier verses it was talking about people who eat meat, verse people who eat vegetables. You can understand why my mind was confused. It’s talking about food and people judging another for what they eat. What does that even mean, why would someone despise another for not eating? Or the other way around, it just didn’t click. The the Lord hit me with a verse, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4 The word of God is our daily bread. That is what I eat every morning. The word of God is what I live off of. This is probably one of the most difficult things that happen that we fall short on daily. Despising one another for believing in Jesus or for not believing in Jesus. How often does the Bible say that those who don’t believe are going to persecute those who do believe? “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18-19 Not becoming Christ like. I know I fall short, my emotions always seem to be the first to take over my mouth. My flesh screams to hate the other person, to become jealous, and to ignore them. Then the Lord’s soothing voice is what comes after. I start to realize that I was in sin in my mind, for thinking all that evil. With out my daily bread from the lord to fill me up, my flesh starts to hunger for vengeance. “Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat,” I just know that being in the His word every morning is what truly satisfies me. That I couldn’t live my life in not eating the daily bread that the Lord provides. I need to remember that everyone that doesn’t have Jesus are literally starving for food, and it is not fair for me to be judging them. It’s not fair for me to get upset with them when they have not been getting the food that they truly need. They aren’t being filled with the word of God, they aren’t drinking the water of life. “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
A: To be reading and eating my daily bread both in the morning and at night. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”