Bringing Our Hearts Before the Lord

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Did you ever stop to think how much time and care was taken in the Old Testament to build the temple and to take care of it? The Lord was so utterly explicit with His people in how He wanted it built, how He wanted it kept, and how He wanted it used. I remember being bored, and intimidated, by the intricate detail described in building the Lord’s temple. God cared about the very measurements and the materials used. What about His temple today?



I am equally astounded by the investment people today put in the way of planning, time, money, care, and thought in the dream houses they build. They stay on top of every detail, down to the placing of the precise color of kitchen tile, the tiny mark left on a wall by the builders that nobody else could possibly see, and the color of the wall of the basement bathroom that no guest will likely ever visit. 


Imagine the phenomenal attention that must been focused on keeping the temple clean once it was built, not to mention the exact way God desired His people to enter in, to learn and worship there, and how they were to walk forth from the place. The temple was sacred; it belonged to God.
I am shocked at the degree to which people today fuss over the cleanliness of their houses. I understand clean, but I see people go to extreme lengths to keep absolutely every single belonging in its proper place. And every single mote of dust must be kept from finding residence. So many houses I have seen are like museums; everything is just right.


The Bible says the person who believes Jesus is Lord is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Believers are offered the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. Where does He live? In God’s people.


I wonder how clean we keep God’s temple today, if we keep it clean at all. Do we care as much about His temple as we do our houses? Do we aspire to offer God a holy, pure place to dwell? Do we care about His temple the way people did in the Old Testament? Do we dedicate as much to His home inside us as we do to the people, places, and things in our daily lives?


If our hearts are home to the Lord, how much time, love, and care do we invest in the condition of our hearts?


My pastor in Georgia never began teaching God’s Word on Wednesday nights until He opened in prayer and made one simple statement. 


“Let’s bring our hearts before the Lord.”


I do not know much about other people’s temples, but I know much about mine. My temple gets cluttered up pretty quickly on a daily basis. Fear, resentment, bitterness, anger, worry, doubt, etc. Dust, dirt, uncleanness. 


What does the Bible say?


“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.


But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.


If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work (2 Timothy 19-22 KJV).”


Truly, like the people of the Old Testament, like those who keep their homes wonderfully clean, let us bring our hearts before the Lord God almighty and repent for that which is not holy. May we seek forgiveness for what is not His will, may we learn to resist receiving into our hearts that which is not His, may we learn to walk by faith and in love, and may we walk forward with temples that will honor Him.


This is not a once in a lifetime deal. This is a deal for life.


It is all for His glory.
          
















      

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