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YouAreTheTemple

You are a meeting place of heaven and earth if the Spirit of God lives inside of you. You are God’s temple. Everywhere you go your create a sacred space of His presence. Each of us stands individually, and yet at the same time, we don’t stand alone but rather we stand corporately as the body of Christ, the dwelling place of God Himself.

In this broken world, we stand as witnesses of His glory . In this broken world, we stand as a testimony in advance that the world is indeed being healed and will one day fully be so. Brian Zahnd once wrote, “Christianity as the ongoing expression of the Jesus story lived out in the lives of individuals and in the heart of society is a beauty that can redeem the world.”

Because we worship Him with all of our lives we take on something of the character of Christ who we worship and when the world sees that beauty, they want to belong to it. It is our call, and our duty to help the world to see and recognize its true creator that lives inside of His followers by obeying Him to love our enemies and standing up for justice.

From Genesis forward, God has dedicated Himself to working through His creation of humanity. We are His image-bearing human beings that are called to shine as light in the darkness. We have failed Him often, but yet He loves us and seeks to bring Himself glory through our lives. He plans to set all things right in the end and still yet He uses our lives to push everything toward that day of final redemption. We truly are a meeting place of heaven and earth for an unbelieving world to witness because Christ is living in us.

We serve the rescuer of the world and to Him alone belongs all the glory. We exist to worship God and to labor for His kingdom that will never be shaken. With knowledge of this magnitude, we can live with an abundant song of joy and victory in our hearts right now. As one writer has so eloquently put it, “It is about practicing, in the present, the tunes we shall sing in God’s new world.”

God is at work in you today. Walk meek and rejoice that He desire to use you to bring Him glory in the world.

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As a Christ follower, you are never alone. Every time the enemy confronts you, God has already faced him. We are fighting against a defeated foe. We are fighting against a defeated spiritual power that has already lost because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

We serve and follow Jesus who is Lord of yesterday, today and forever. That’s why everywhere you go, you can be assured that Jesus is on the inside of you by the power of the Holy Spirit, creating a sacred space no matter where you find yourself. God is on the inside of you and surrounds you with His love.

You bring the pure love of God, and the very presence of God, into the middle of everywhere you journey. Christ in you creates a sacred space through you. There is something extraordinarily unique about knowing you carry the very Gospel and presence of God among a world of darkness.

His light shines through to everyone you meet. You carry the message that one day heave and earth will be renewed. Your renewed life in Christ is a sign post point to that sure and promised future.

N.T Wright put it this way, “Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”

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I have a confession. When I was a little boy, I ripped off a label on a mattress that didn’t belong to me. It read, “Under the penalty of the law this tag is not to be removed except by the consumer.” It felt dangerous and in some strange way I loved it.

As a Christ follower, I often try my best to rip labels off people because we are constantly told not to label people. I’m not sure who came up with that rule. I’m not even sure if it is right or wrong. I guess at times it could be either.

We use labels to define those around us. I label people, and you label people. It’s just a fact. However, I’m not writing today in order to defend if it’s right or wrong. I’m writing today to encourage you to wear a label of the future that will set you apart in a good way.

We are told in Galatians 4:7, “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

In other words, God has labeled you and me as His very own and calls us heirs. We are heirs of a future kingdom that can be lived out in the now, while we wait for its fullest at the second coming of Christ.

If the world is going to label us, we might as well give them something Godly to talk about and label us by.  We are God’s image-bearing children. Our entire lives proclaim redemption to a world that is broken and fallen. We are people that carry a label of hope, healing, mercy, grace and the love of God…all manifested by actions.

Matthew 25: 35-36 says, “ For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

I want you to notice that these acts of God are to be done by Him through us, and they can only be done in the now. One day, at the second coming, there will be no more sin, and no more injustice. Until that day overtakes us, we should be found taking as much pain away as possible. That my dear friend is a label I gladly wear, and so should you.

When we feed someone that is hungry in the now, we are showing him or her that one day they will never hunger again, if they place their trust in Christ. When we give water, we are saying you will one day never thirst again. When we entertain a stranger, we are pointing to a day no one will be a stranger. When we clothe the naked, we are saying to the world, you will one day have all that you need. When we take care of the sick and visit those in prison, we proclaim future wholeness and freedom in Christ.

I end today with a quote from N.T. Wright

“Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion…”

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