(Written by: Emily Matthews)
Do you remember the comic Superman? (“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Yeah, that Superman. You know the one.)
If you have young boys like I do, you probably hear Clark Kent and Superman references most days. While cooking dinner, while cleaning the house, while driving carpool…
But has Superman ever shown up in your Quiet Time? Because he and Clark Kent arrived this morning in the book of 1st Kings during mine.
(Welcome to my random life. 😉 )
The book of 1st Kings discusses the temple Solomon built for the Lord. (And entire temple… fancy, right?) God was to dwell there; in a cloud, in the most holy place, so Solomon prayed and dedicated it to the Lord. His prayer was God would hear His people when they humbled themselves, admitted wrong and came to Him for forgiveness. (It’s a pretty cool prayer. You should check it out in 1 Kings 8:12-53.)
With all this talk of “dwelling places,” I began thinking about temples. The 1 Corinthians, “your body is a temple,” verse came to mind (v. 19-20). It is in the context of sexual immorality, but I think this applies to all areas of our human-ness.
Let’s chew on this, for a minute, shall we?
We are the fancy temple. When we believe in Jesus, we get to have the Holy Spirit come live in is. Like Superman lives in Clark Kent.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts17:24
So, God of the universe is here.
Right now – in my jammies and drinking coffee.
Might I need to be more careful what I do with God in me?
As mentioned, the 1 Corinthians verse is in the context of sexual immorality. And maybe that is a weakness for us? But maybe it’s something else… (Because we know the Holy Spirit doesn’t need to be watching porn and/or having affairs.)
But what about the other things we do with our bodies?
- Feeding our bodies: Over-eating, under-eating, complete neglect?
- Covering our bodies: Too revealing, too sloppy, too apathetic?
Going even deeper…
- Feeding our souls: Trash television, dirty magazines, unhealthy relationships?
- Observing our souls: Self-hatred, negative self-dialogue?
It’s not just us, we are bashing.
Of course, humor and entertainment are not necessarily bad. God totally has a sense of humor, but I would venture to say there’s a limit when it comes to feeding our bodies and souls…
Because the Holy Spirit is also eating, wearing, watching, and hearing what we give to ourselves.
We get to be temples.
Non-believers don’t have to go to church to get Jesus, because we are all a walking, talking temple.
What a privilege. And a responsibility.
I want to live in-step with the Spirit (Galatians 5). But first thing’s first – I’m remembering He is always present. And not just when I sit down with my bible or pray.
But in every moment – both good and bad – of my every day.
Because, as my boys would say, I am Clark Kent AND Super