I think it interesting to think about the evolution of God’s temple. One reason I find it interesting is I feel like by telling the history of God’s temple someone is telling my life story. It’s kind of like watching my life flash before me. So let me tell you the story. For I love telling stories. God’s temple was built in Jerusalem. It was full of fine jewels and finery. It was clothed with beauty. But then God’s people misused, abused and neglected the temple. The temple fell to ruin. It was demolished. This was all due to God’s people’s sin. The people eventually repented, turned back to God and thus rebuilt God’s temple. It was re-established. But then Jesus came. God walked among his precious creation. He died, rose again and ascended to heaven. In return for his leaving he gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit that dwells in those of us that accept Jesus as our savior. We have now become Gods temple for we House his spirit.
“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 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I view my body as God’s temple. Thus to take care of my body is to honor God. I believe God makes each of us his beautiful creation. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are made in his image. I was a beautiful creation but through the actions of others and my own sin my temple was misused, abused and neglected. It essentially was demolished. My multiple health problems are a reflection of this. But God is a God of healing and restoration. He has been working to rebuild and remake me.
I have a bad habit of neglecting myself and not practicing good self care. This has improved now that I am older and more knowledgeable about how to take care of my body and mind. My medical training helps immensely with this issue. Before being discharged from my second hospitalization in a mental institution I bought a ring and wrote vows to God. It was a vow to prioritize taking care of God’s temple for this was my greatest struggle. The ring was to be a reminder of my vow. For this is the task God has given me. Take care of his temple for I am his beautiful creation. God does not find joy in his temple being abused, neglected or mistreated. Similarly if anyone is not facilitating taking care of God’s temple or harming my temple this is not from God. For God never abuses and those sent from God will not abuse either.