Devotions By Jan

Temples in Taiwan

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Scripture for Today: I Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

One can almost smell the musty interior mixed with the perfume of burning incense when looking at this temple.  When spending a summer in Taiwan in 1980, we saw many of these places of worship.  This one is the Longshan Temple in Taipei and it is one of the largest and oldest.  The worship taking place inside is a mixture of Buddhist, Taoist and for deities like Mazu.  Although very beautiful it made me sad, lacking the presence of the One and only True God.

Today’s verse explains where God’s Spirit lives today.  Rather than a physical building, God has chosen to reside by His Spirit in the hearts of His followers.  Our bodies become His temple.  What an amazing thought!  And what a privilege.  His presence is constantly with the believer.  He has purchased our freedom from sin and judgement by His death on the cross and we belong to Him.  Because this is true, we strive to honor Him with our bodies.  We honor Him by staying away from sexual impurity (verse 18).

It is difficult for me to understand just how holy and pure God is.  I need to grasp the truth that He is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29) to be worshiped with reverence and awe.  Instead of rationalizing what I do, see or think about, I want to keep my “temple” clean and pure because He is there.  I do not want impure thoughts to inhabit the same place as Him.

Lord, help me keep Your dwelling place clean today.


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