February 18, 2014
You’re Not Alone ~~ William C. Green
Do you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. From 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
I was taught in Sunday School that it was wrong to smoke, drink, and do other bad things that violated my body because I was God’s temple, and you better be good there – which turned out to be better advice than not. But threats of something bad happening if you do wrong things are not reliable deterrents – otherwise we could couldn’t so easily acquiesce to our anger and resentment, or the destruction of the environment, or the invasion of other countries.
But as those examples suggest, being “God’s temple” is not just about you or me. It’s about us. The Greek word here for “you” is plural. Paul is addressing the congregation in Corinth. Good faith is never singular; it’s plural. It starts in relationship with others, and it grows from there – or collapses.
Weak faith often stems from weak relationships. We can feel cut off from anyone with whom we would freely share our own thoughts and be understood, or to whom we think we want to listen. This becomes a habitual predilection that undermines faith an dour sense of God. And it’s self-fulfilling.
In the spirit of Lent, anticipating new life in Christ, some of us may need to take a deep breath, pick up the phone or cross the room where others are gathered, and take the imitative ourselves. Sooner or later we’ll connect – or reconnect. That’s God’s Promise.
PRAYER: God, may I act more freely on my need for others and theirs for me. Together, may we grow in your spirit. Amen.
Taken from the United Church of Christ devotional, God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 53.