“…ye are the temple of the living God:” II Corinthians 6:16
WOW! God chose us as His dwelling place! We become His Holy of Holies!!! Where in times past only the chosen few were allowed in the presence of the Most High, now the veil has been torn by the shedding of the holy blood of the sinless and perfect heavenly Lamb. We must remain pure by constant watching, praying, worshiping, and being in constant communion with our Holy God.
What have we allowed into the Holy of Holies? Perhaps we have taken a piece of that torn veil and refurbished it into a small little fort in the corner. Just a bit of me-space, a place for some “innocent” fun. Isn’t it funny how each time we say the word innocent when trying to justify some action it’s like we are trying to convince ourselves that we have pure intentions yet somehow we end up feeling that tinge of guilt?
We have so many innocent friends, so many innocent words we use, so many innocent thoughts, so many innocent intentions and actions, so many innocent books and songs… so many innocent things! Ironically, when something truly is innocent we rarely use that word to describe it. A baby is truly so innocent; yet, when we see a cute mini-human, we don’t actually express it because it’s understood! Imagine going up to a new mother and “oohing” and “aahing” over her sweet little one-week-old cherub about how completely innocent he was and how you just can’t get over his innocence! She’d punch you.
Being innocent is like being a lady, if you have to say that you are than you probably aren’t! …..yes, I went there.
Our idols can be so deceiving! They morph into the things that we love the most. They look like that “innocent” small word we use so often. Perhaps it’s that college friend that is just too fun to let go, …but Lord, he’s a kindred spirit! Plus, I’m trying to win him for YOU! Aren’t You proud that i’m evangelizing!?”
…what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness and what communion hath light with darkness?” II Corinthians 6: 14
The Holy Spirit persistently rustles the torn veil of our forbidden fort, and we have moments when we invite Him inside. We frantically shove books, music, thoughts, actions, and friends under one of the cushions hoping -and praying, ironically!- that He won’t notice!
Know something interesting about the Holy Spirit? He rarely has to speak. His very presence serves to help us convict ourselves. We become our own judge when He is present. Our guilty heart screams “Guilty!” and, with the resounding sound of the gavel, we collapse in a heap of remorse, regret, sorrow, and tears. He does not condemn us yet His gentle, quiet voice which is love itself once again rips the already torn veil and our fort of idolatry collapses around us. We hear his gentle whisper “Forgiven …and so loved!” within our own hearts. Shame, regret, fears, and all the cockroaches of darkness and evil flee from the Light coming thought the torn fort. Jesus walks over to us in the midst the mess. He exposes the hidden things, freely browsing our bookshelves, playlists, photos, movies, thoughts, actions, friends, ambitions, and beliefs throwing everything that is unequal to His yoke into the fire. We never realize how unequally yoked we are until we throw off the baggage that we were never mean to carry!
Pure Light and Love inhabits every cubic millimeter of our hearts; once again the perfectly restored Holy of Holies… the dwelling place of God! We commune freely with God the Father: our hearts free of shame and regret.
Let us be vigilant that we do not allow idols to creep in and defile the Holy Temple of God.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” II Corinthians 6: 17-18