Have you ever thought about your routine for getting ready to go to church? I suspect probably not because we do it all the time. In fact, it’s probably a similar routine as getting ready for work every day.
Your routine probably consists of hitting the snooze button a few times, finally getting up, heading to the bathroom to get ready, get dressed, fix coffee, get your kids up, yell at your kids and rushing out the door to be late for church.
Often times, by the time we get there we are rushed, full of anxiety because we were late and maybe even frustrated to the point that we can’t pay attention to the worship service.
Did I miss anything in this process? I know this doesn’t happen all the time, but I suspect it happens a lot in many households.
We normally give a lot of attention to getting our exterior lives ready for others, but how much time do we take for getting our inner life ready for God’s presence? Have you ever thought about this?
In the Old Testament King Solomon was preparing the newly built temple for open house. The Bible says in 1 Kings 6:19, “He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there.”
Solomon had to get the place ready for God’s presence to come and dwell. He took the time to clean it up and set anything out that was not needed or was potentially dirty. If he did this to the temple in the Old Testament how should we do this to our “temples?”
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The Bible reminds us that we are the temple of God. This literally means that God’s presence lives in us and we carry him wherever we go. We should be more careful of what we put into our spirits. Many of us are too careless of what we allow into our lives. It might be a TV show, music, internet article or Youtube videos.
Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT)
This verse simply means that our decisions, attitudes, goals and life choices is simply a reflection of our hearts. If we are making poor decisions or have negative attitudes there is a good chance it’s because our hearts need some house cleaning.
Does God have the room that he needs in our lives? Does He have to compete for control or space in your life?
“Lord, help us to be mindful of what goes into our lives. Help me to guard my heart because everything that is important flows out of it. Help me not to give my heart and passions just to anything. I want to give you total control of everything.”