My wife hates spiders. That is a great understatement. We live in a wooded area and these creatures are everywhere. They do not belong in our house. We go to great lengths to make sure that they do not invade our home. I am the official arachnid assassin.
15And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”
Jesus went to great lengths to make sure that his Father’s house was being used in the way God expected. He passionately removed what did not belong there out of respect to the Father.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
It brought to my mind this verse in 1 Corinthians that calls me the temple of God and that the Spirit of God is in me. This is a big thought.
There is a great tension in my life, to remove the actions and thoughts that do not glorify God and fill my life with God and His love. I do not want to take things away from my life that I enjoy and in which I find pleasure. God wants me to fill my life with His love, His Word and His purpose. God and I have a battle going on with each other. I do not want to quit doing what I enjoy, yet I know He knows what is best for me and I should do what He says. No wonder he calls us His children.
It makes me think how passionately do I remove from my life what does not belong there? First, do I know what should and should not belong in my life? Secondly, to what lengths and how passionately should I let go of what does not belong. Third, what should I be filling my life with that makes me dedicated to worshipping my God?
What should I be removing from my temple?