Sunday, November 4, 2018

A CALL TO REBUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD

Dear brothers and sisters, greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. 

 

Haggai 1:3-4, Then the word of the LORD came through Haggai the prophet, saying: “Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?”.
Once upon a time, the Israelite were building themselves very luxurious houses but they forgot to build and beatify the house of the LORD. They were living in beautiful paneled or ceiling houses while the temple of God was lying in ruins or waste. Then the word of God came to them through Haggai reminding them to rebuild the temple of LORD. 

The same word comes to us today, we people of the last church we are building very luxurious houses for us to dwell in but we forget to rebuild the Temple of God. Both: physical and spiritual temples. The temples we go gathering together for praying and worshiping the LORD. It is not necessarily that we should build or rebuild our local churches; we are supposed to build any church whose teachings are the true teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us join forces together and build LORD’s temples anywhere and everywhere so that the gospel of Jesus Christ and His resurrection should be preached to every living creature. It is very disappointing that nowadays people are able contributing for ceremonies but unable contributing for the work of the LORD. We should make the LORD our God known everywhere; let us preach the good news together because this is what we were called for (Mark 16:15 & Matthew 10:7-8). 

The word of the LORD continues, “Go up into the hills, bring down lumber, and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified, says the LORD” Haggai 1:8. Not only the physical temples but also the spiritual temples and remember we are the temples of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells whenever God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son dwells. While building the physical temples, we are supposed to build ourselves as we are the spiritual temples of the LORD. Let make our LORD take pleasure and be glorified in us.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
From the above verse from the Holy Bible, we may be building beautiful and luxurious physical temples for the LORD but forgetting our bodies as temples for the Holy Spirit. As an individual, does your body honors God? You were saved by the grace of God and sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ. Maintain purity, because purity will give you courage to preach the good news, that gospel of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. If, as an individual temple you are not pure how can you preach to others? How can you preach what you are not doing? Actions preach louder than merely words. 

Whenever building or rebuilding the physical temple of the LORD remember to build or rebuild yourself as the spiritual temple of the LORD. Whatever you want to do; speaking, wearing, and going/visiting you should ask yourself the following questions: does this please the LORD? Does this distinguish me from the world? If it does not please the LORD and it does not distinguish you from the world, then forget it. 


Be that light and salt the LORD our good God created you to be. Let your life preach the good news in Jesus name. Amen. 

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