Today’s Scripture: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. I Corinthians 3:16

‘First Baptist of Corinth’ was a disaster. Their immorality and carnality was running rampant for all to see. In fact, it was such a mess that they were suing each other. To make matters worse, they were going before unsaved judges to settle their discrepancies rather than dealing with each other in a biblical manner (I Corinthians 6:1-6). What a poor testimony! On top of that, they didn’t even show a correct understanding of how to behave outside of marriage or within a married relationship (I Corinthians 7:1-11).

The Corinthians were also buying meat offered to idols for their own consumption. Because that meat was tainted by its association with idol worship, Paul said it would make some stumble. The congregation needed to be told to consider the good of others instead of being able to see it for themselves (I Corinthians 8:7-13). They also misused the Lord’s Supper. Instead of using that time to examine themselves for spiritual impurities, people were becoming intoxicated with wine. What was intended to be a time spent with the Lord had become a drunken party (I Corinthians 11:17-32).

Whether we want to admit it or not, we are capable of the same behavior. How do we avoid these sins? The solution is this: remember your body is the temple of God. Whatever it is that you are going to do to satisfy your fleshly desire, remember that God is in you. If you are not operating everyday in the spirit, immorality will overtake your life. We need to take the time to examine ourselves and confess.

Whatever you are tempted to succumb to, remember that today and everyday you are God’s holy temple. Where you go, He goes. What you think, He knows. What you choose to look at, He sees. We have the honor of Christ dwelling in us, but so often we forget that fact completely. How easy it is to live as though we are our own! As God’s temple, we are to stand as a strong example for the world to see. If we live as they do, what could they possibly see in our lives to cause them to desire what we have? Believer, today, you are the temple. God is in you.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder Jr.