You’re His Living Temple
“Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him”
(John 14:23 AMP) .
Some people look for special places of prayer when they have very serious things to pray about. At such times, they say they’re “going to the mountain” to meet with God, much like how the children of Israel regularly went to meet with Him in places where they built Him an altar.
As new creations, we don’t need to go through such a routine to fellowship with the Lord because we’re His altar and He dwells in us. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “…know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost…” The word “temple” could also be rendered as “home”, but Paul chose to use temple in order to communicate the religious nature of your body as regards its service of to the Lord.
One time, a Samaritan woman asked Jesus what He thought of the different places where the Jews and Samaritans worshipped. She said, “Our fathers worshipped God on this mountain, but you Jews say we ought to come to Jerusalem to do that.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father…But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:21, 23) .
The hour Jesus was referring to has come; it’s the day of the new creation. You don’t have to go about looking for where to meet or worship the Father, for God lives in you now. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost; you carry God with you everywhere you go.
Understand however that as your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, you’re also a member of the body of Christ, which is made up of other believers like you. So as you worship the Lord at your private moments, you must also participate in corporate worship with fellow believers by attending church services. That’s where you’ll hear the Word, grow spiritually, and be effective in the work of the Kingdom.
thank you for making me your abode and special dwelling place. My heart rejoices exceedingly because your presence remains with and in me always. Therefore, I will not fear or walk as though I’m alone, for greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!
Acts 7:48;1 Corinthians 3:16