Your body is a temple. You’ve heard that, right?
If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, He lives within you through His Holy Spirit. As the Lord said of Paul, He says each heart He lives in is “a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name.” (Acts 9:15 NKJV)
You are that vessel in which He has made His home. You bear His name within you. You bear His name as a bride bearing the name of her husband. She becomes one with him. Filled with love for him, she carries his name and the thought of his presence within her, and, in essence, he is always with her.
As vessels of His presence on earth, believers are “members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” (Eph. 5:30 NKJV) The apostle Paul wrote, “Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ?…the person who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him…Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” (1 Cor. 6: 15a, 17, 19 NLT)
So, wherever we go and whatever we do, Jesus goes with us. Therefore, we cannot associate ourselves with anything that dirties us physically, mentally, or spiritually by allowing anything we think, feel, say, or do to contaminate His name and His holy presence within us.
The world’s way cannot be our way, for the standards of the world are in opposition to the holiness of God.
So, where do we take Jesus? Where do our footsteps take us throughout any given 24 hours? To work, to school, to do chores, to run errands, to appointments, to hangout with friends, to church, to parties, to see family?
But, where do we go, physically, that we shouldn’t? Where do our thoughts, words, and emotions take us? What do we say, think, or do that contradicts God’s Word?
My beloved, as Paul would say, do you have any idea what breaks the Father’s heart?
In order to live as God desires, what does He expect of us? The answer lies in the requirements He spoke through Moses to Israel, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to listen carefully to all he says to you, and to obey for your own good the commandments I am giving you today, and to love him, and to worship him with all your hearts and souls?” (Deut. 10:12-13 TLB)
If we love the Lord, we will dedicate ourselves as a living sacrifice to live a holy life (Rom. 12:2) and “Live in His presence in holy reverence.” (Deut. 10:12a Msg)
God fills us with His holiness but the upkeep of that holiness depends solely on us. It is absolutely necessary, as Paul persuades, “Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor. 7:1 NKJV)
So, where do you take Jesus? Remember, where you are on Saturday night represents who and what you say you are on Sunday morning!