PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Kings 5-6
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees…” (1 Kings 6:12-13)
What kind of temple could we build for God?
Does God even want a temple, a fancy building to live in?
Even here Solomon knows that it is the worthiness of their lives that matter.
God is not interested in our costly sacrifices or ornate buildings.
God wants a relationship with us, to live among us.
“I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.” (1 Kings 6:13)
As I read these words, I am reminded how God wants to live in me.
God is not looking for my fancy clothes, big offerings, or pious words.
What matters is whether my heart devoted to humbly loving and obeying God.
Jesus comes as ‘God with us’, and shows us the temple of God that matters.
Jesus’s life was not impressive in a worldly sense, but in how he lived.
Jesus calls us to build our hearts and lives as temples for God.
Where we obey his decree to love God and people, where we show God to the world.
This is the kind of temple God wants, the kind of temple the Spirit is building in us.
Lord, help me to be as wise and serious about the life I am building for you, as Solomon was in building that temple in Jerusalem.