A few years ago when I took communion, I saw a picture of my blood being replaced by the blood of Christ. It washed out every bad cell running through my blood stream. Then as I took the bread, I saw broken and scared organs and bones being knitted together. It is an image that has never left me and to this day when I take communion I am reminded of this image, the promise of what God did through Jesus.
It is an image that I think about a lot especially because I still technically live in a body that is not exactly made whole, but in the last year I have realised something. God doesn’t live in a broken temple and we are the temple of God.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV
I don’t believe for a second that while the Spirit of God lived in the temple before Jesus died, that the Israelite’s allowed that temple to fall apart. How many times to we look at our body and buy into the idea that my body is falling apart and broken, or not perfect?
It’s easy to forget that we are the temple of God. That through the cross, through the Spirit of God, we have become the temple of God.
God lives in us, but we need to also remember like the image of my blood being replaced by Christ’s, that through Christ we are one with him.
“But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.”
1 Corinthians 6:17 ESV
So today, just remember that regardless of what happens on the outside, you are the living temple of God and God’s house is perfect so you are perfect.
Don’t let people around you, social media, TV, or magazines tell you, that you are anything else.
You are a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
It is time to celebrate all that we have been made and created to be.