Allow God to be at the center of our lives
January 26 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 25-27
After giving various guidelines to the Israelites, God expressed His desire for fellowship with His people. “…let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8). God now wanted to reinstate back the fellowship with His children that got lost in the Garden of Eden as a result of sin and disobedience. Apart from dwelling among His redeemed children, God also wanted to meet, speak and give His laws and commandments in the sanctuary called the Tabernacle. “And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel” (Exodus 25:22)
This has been God’s intention through the passage of time. About 2000 years ago, God came down to this earth in the form of a man, and in the words of Apostle John “…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us" (Mathew 1:22-23). After spending thirty-three and half years in this earth, our Lord Jesus went back to heaven, but not before promising us the ever abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In fact, God decided to use our earthly bodies as His sanctuary, as we became the temple of God. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). In 1 Cor. 6:19, Apostle Paul asks us “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” Again in 2 Cor. 6:16, Apostle Paul reminds us: For you are the temple of the living God as God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Can we allow God to dwell in us and be at the center of our lives so that we may please Him during our earthly existence?