Cleanse your Temple
Saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” Luke 19:46
I wasn’t sure what to write about this passage. How to make it relevant to life today. In our society, we do not have money changers in our churches selling animal sacrifices at inflated cost to cheat the people coming in to offer their blood offering for sin. Our sin has already been eradicated by the perfect sacrifice of the blood of the Lamb.
As I thought about it and prayed about it, I was impressed that our temple is not one made out of stone and mortar, but of flesh. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19, now we as believers are the temple of God. When we receive His gift of salvation, His Spirit comes to live in us. Suddenly, it all made sense to me. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God, and it is up to me to drive out what is unclean. I am the one who keeps this temple clean. Whether by removing sin from my life or by keeping my heart pure before my Father. God intended for this temple to be a house of prayer for Him to dwell in.
I must daily examine my temple that has been given to me from God and guard against the darkness coming it. It is very subtle and will try to slip in unnoticed, but as I walk closely with Him, I can quickly identify what needs to be kept out. My house of prayer is my heart and as my earthly father taught me, I can stay in an attitude of prayer all day long. I can walk with my Heavenly Father by allowing His Spirit to direct my steps and keep a running conversation going with Him at all times. He will keep my feet from stumbling, and He will keep the unclean things out as I listen to His inner promptings to my heart. He will teach me daily just as Jesus was in the temple daily teaching. The outside world cannot get in to destroy me as long as I keep Him at the door.
So what does that look like in a natural sense? I set a guard up by setting boundaries in my life. I know the places and things I am tempted by, so I keep my heart with all diligence and do not let the evil in. I purposefully choose what I will look at, what I will listen too and even what I am putting into my temple for sustenance. I am working with God’s Spirit inside me to keep this temple clean and if any corrupt thing starts to get close, I can quickly spot and purge it because I have the Holy Spirit pointing out what does not belong.
What about you? How is your temple doing? Are you keeping a guard against the unclean things? Are you paying attention to what you should be driving out of your heart to keep it pure? If not, you can start today by asking God’s Sprit to guide and instruct each step you take. Keep in touch with Him throughout your day and ask Him to help you identify the things that need to be removed and the things that need to be added to keep your temple clean.
Today I want to encourage you to drive out the things in your life that are holding you back from completing the mission you have been assigned to in life. Make your temple a house of prayer by talking with Him all day long. Keep in touch often with the Spirit of God and allow Him to point out the places that need to be clean up. Then let Him teach you daily in your temple and don’t let the destroyer keep you from completing, down to the last detail, your purpose in life.
Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 19:45-48
45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,
46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
47 And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,
48 and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.