Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?1 Corinthians 3:16
We know that God’s Spirit dwells within every believer making our spiritual being His temple. Have you considered that collectively, a fellowship of believers also represents God’s temple? In this letter of Paul’s, when he says, “you are God’s temple” he is not speaking to one individual but to the whole congregation. This truth brings added responsibility in the continued building of the temple.
The work of Jesus Christ is the immoveable foundation on which we build but what are we building with? The stonework should be strong and fireproof which Paul describes as gold, silver and precious stones. Building with these materials comes through constant prayer and listening for God’s guidance, for His vision. What is His will for your community and where is He leading?
When we take our eyes of God’s vision and follow our own wisdom, we can end up building with wood, hay and straw. This is God’s temple. Do we really want to build it with straw? In verse 17 Paul warns of defiling the temple “for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple”. If what we are doing is not consistent with scripture, then it is not of God.
Amy Carmichael is noted as saying, “The work will never go deeper that we have gone ourselves”. Hay and straw are easily found but gold and precious gems take more work to find.
We need to dig deep for the right building materials for a fellowship to grow according to the will and purpose of God. Seek the Spirit – Dig deeper – Build with gold.