“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16, NIV
Read through 1 Corinthians 3:1-17 for a full context of this passage.
Paul is talking about the unity of the body of believers, specifically the unity for the church in Corinth. Individuals in the church are arguing about who their leader is and whom they follow, making their faith more about who did what than about working for Christ as one body. Whatever good we do in this life is for the sake of God’s glory. This isn’t about our name, or how many churches so and so serves at. It does not matter who did what when it comes to a church accepting a life in and leading them to the cross of Christ. What matters is that Christ’s name was spoken and that person’s eternity was secured.
I think that most of us have a solid concept of the initial truths in this passage. We follow Christ, not a pastor or worship leader. Christ is the name that matters. And as a Church body (referring to all Christians everywhere), we are to be one united temple, each partaking in our different gifts for the building of the metaphorical temple we are to the world. We are a temple for God’s glory. The foundation of this temple is Christ—his perfect life, sacrificial death, and holy rising from death. Every work of ours adds to the gains of this holy temple.
But here are some things to think about. Are you building in such a way that your investments will stand the test of fire? Or are you just adding junk to the temple that’s causing confusion, mishap, or false beliefs? This applies both on an individual level as well as to the church body as a whole. Your thoughts, how you view and care for yourself, are a reflection of the temple. So as God’s temple… are you living daily with the intent of reflecting him? Is our church body adding quality to the temple we are aiding to build? And does this temple point to Christ, rather than to us?
This temple is a unified assembly, not something that can be made of competing individuals. Collectively, we are the temple. WE.
Recently in my marriage I recognized that the two of us were acting more like separate temples working on our own rather than partaking in a unified mindset for God’s glory. We have to pursue a unified, kingdom mindset in order to be the temple that withstands the fire. My prayer is that God would make every marriage into a unified temple that holds strong to the foundation of Christ so that when fire comes, these marriages will withstand. Our soul purpose as Christians is to be a reflection of Christ.
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9
We are God’s working ground, placed here to aid in the kingdom work. God’s got a blueprint. So we play our part in the creation of his vision. But if we each work individually without communicating and sharing responsibilities, our work will be competing, rather than unified.
God, we ask that you would remind us of our foundation in you and repair any cracks that are present. Continue to lead us in this kingdom work. Give us vision that promotes your glory, and allow us to set ourselves aside to play our role in this body of believers. Thank you for choosing us to do your work. May we honor you in all that we do. Amen.
All materials written and designed by Heather & Daniel Christy.