1 Corinthians 3; I Kings 15:33-16:34; Joel 3
We have a special respect for places of worship even for those from people of other religions. They represent attempts to find and worship God. Many would say that those places are where God resides, or at least where you would go to meet God. It is perhaps a bit jarring then to read these words of Paul and realized how that respect should be shown: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) Where does God reside? He resides in the hearts of men. Some temples are beautiful examples of God’s homes. Others, well, let’s just say that many are in need of restoration – a lot of it! The question must be asked, though, if in our dealings with others do we see the temple of God or do we ignore and overlook people, perhaps even mistreat them because they are not like us. If we recognize that God doesn’t dwell in temples made of stone but in the hearts of men then it should make a great difference in how we treat others. Today, seek out and give honor to the temple of God wherever it may be.
Oh Lord, how easily I look down on others or treat them with disrespect because they aren’t as good as me or aren’t like me. Remind me that each person I see is one in whom You dwell or one in whom You would like to dwell. Help me to have the same respect for them that You have.