A temple. That’s what Paul calls our body. A temple of the Holy Spirit. But you know this. You know these verses…
“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.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20 NKJV)
The Greek word for temple used above means the inner sacred place, the Holy place, the Holy of holies. Our body is that place of worship. The holy place where God is to be honored…physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
If our body belongs to God, then how are we treating it? Respectfully, honorably, and responsibly? Like exercise? Diet? Being careful what we watch, listen to, think, do, say, and where we go? Filling up on God’s Word and His presence?
We were meant to glorify our Creator. But we do these little dance steps and hop around the truth. We do little side steps, skipping over God’s commands. We dance with partners we have no business getting near.
Evil conspires in the shadows. Peeking out from the alley. Watching. Ready to be our dance partner by slinging things before our eyes, ears, and mind.
One of my favorite murder mystery movie series (on PBS) is Agatha Christie’s Poirot, the great Belgian detective. Once, as his “little gray cells,” as he calls them, pondered a puzzle of clues, he said, “The devil himself dances among us; we just don’t see him.”
He was right. The devil and his cohorts waltz around, dangling temptations before our eyes and ears to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy our fellowship with God. They do all they can to dance around us, to divert our focus away from God and to delay or defeat His answers to our requests.
We always have a way out, for the Word says, “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor. 10:13b NIV) We just don’t always use it, do we?
David pleaded with God, “Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.” (Ps. 141:4a NIV)
What captivates our hearts? What attracts our eyes? Are we focused on worldly possessions, temptations, and thinking or on all that the Lord says in His Word? (from Deliver Us from Evil)
Do we choose to dance or not? If we dance, what then is the cost of the dance? Choosing the wrong dance partner, what is outside God’s Word, will cost us big time: our marriage, our children, our friends, our job, and our reputation.
Remember, you don’t have to dance with every partner that shows up.
Are you dancing with the wrong partner?
~~Lord, draw us to Yourself and away from the evil that would seek to cause us pain, sorrow, or other perils. May Your Word be stored in our hearts to keep us from sinning against Your love. May our heart desire only You as our Dance Partner. Amen.~~