Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 9, 2011

Emily Harriman

Sophomore, Psychology Major

Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17
Jn 2:13-22

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? - 1 Corinthians 3:16

On a daily basis I don’t think about myself being the temple of God.  It’s easy to associate God’s dwelling place as the church, but in fact, every single Christian is a temple of God.  The Bible says that the temple of God is holy.  If we are the temples and we are holy, why do we mindlessly do so many things to dishonor and displease God?  The answer is simple.  We are humans and we are naturally prone to mistakes and sin.  God was gracious enough to send Jesus to save us from those sins.  We can’t have the mindset that we can do whatever we want today because we will be forgiven tomorrow. Because we are the place where God dwells, we need to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to him. 

God is with us always no matter what.  Imagine yourself handcuffed to Jesus.  He is with you and he’s not going anywhere.  Now wouldn’t you be a little more cautious if you could see him standing next to you watching your every move every day?  The fact of the matter is that it shouldn’t take an extreme like that to make us want to do things that are pleasing to God.  As Christians it shouldn’t be a burden to do things, say things, or even think things that honor him.  It should be our desire to honor God in all things. 

Everyone struggles with this.  When I’m struggling to make the right decisions or do the right thing, I ask myself what I would do if Jesus were standing right next to me.  Next time we are struggling let us ask ourselves, 'would I go to that party with Jesus?  Would I use that kind of language around Jesus?  What if Jesus could hear what I’m thinking?'  Whether we ask these questions or not, as Christians God resides within us and is with us every step of the way.  Let us honor him.

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