Ok, you have PK to thank for the corny title. The things he comes up with for titles for his messages are funny sometimes because it instantly makes you think of something. This message opened up with a clip from Indiana Jones. I mean, those two things go together right? Church and Indiana Jones? Well, PK has a knack for making it work.
The real question is, who is the Temple of God? The Bible calls the church the Temple of God. What does that mean? To outsiders looking in to our “church” what do they see? Do they just see the building, a concert, and programs? Somewhere along the line, the view of church went bad. Christianity, before it was legal, used to have people meeting in secret and risking their lives for their faith. Now, we have people arguing about the color of the carpet.
What did God have in mind when he called the church the Temple of God? He had the people in mind…not a building or a concert or a bunch of programs. Isaiah 43:7 says, “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” We were created for God’s glory! He made us! We never have to worry about running into ourselves because He didn’t run to the store and pick us off the shelves, He made us each individually. How cool is that?
1 Kings 8:27 says, “…The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” Solomon knew that even the temple he built was not sufficient to hold or glorify God. But, he did it anyway to glorify God. So why do we, in 2015 try to contain God to church? What does it mean to be the Temple of God?
As Christians we need to separate ourselves and be with people. 2 Corinthians 6 talks about not being tied or yoked together with unbelievers. This doesn’t mean that we are elite and need to look down our noses at unbelievers.
Don’t yoke (tie) yourselves with nonbelievers which might take you from God’s mission. One path keeps you walking with God. The other path leads you towards the American dream and a paycheck. -PK
I am NOT saying that you can’t be friends with unbelievers and only hang out with other Christians. What a silly thought. But you do need to be sure that your path has other Christians on it so you can all keep yourselves on track and not fall into bad company. After all, our job on earth is to tell others about Jesus, so isolation certainly isn’t going to help spread the word!
We are the dwelling place of God. Don’t bring idol’s into God’s temple. The American dream alone is good. But the American dream lived out through God’s mission is even better and you can do that. We are holy, set apart, for God’s mission.
The world says: right is wrong and wrong is right.
God says: right is right and wrong is wrong. -PK
Read that again if you have to. And again. I’m thinking God’s way is better and if you have surrounded yourself with other Christians, they will help keep you on the right path, even when the world will try to pull you away. Being the Temple of God means that we are not our own. We need to listen and do the work God needs us to do. It’s time for the world to see that when church comes to mind!