Friday, March 8, 2013

The Granary

Photo by Lori Kennedy

The Granary


Lori Kennedy

“Don’t you know that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for?” (I Corinthians 6:19 – The Message)

I recently heard this old story about how the spot was chosen for God’s holy temple…

Two brothers worked in a common field and a common mill.  Each night they divided whatever grain they had produced and each took his portion home.

One brother was single and one was married with a large family.  The single brother decided that his married brother, with all those kids, certainly needed more grain than he did, so at night he secretly crept over to his brother’s granary and gave him an extra portion.  The married brother realized that his single brother didn’t have any children to care for him in his old age.  Concerned about his brother’s future, he got up each night and secretly deposited some grain in his single brother’s granary.

One night they met halfway between the two granaries, and each brother realized what the other was doing.  They embraced, and as the story goes, God witnessed what happened and said, “This is a holy place – a place of love – and it is HERE that MY temple shall be built.”

Brotherly love and self sacrifice for others becomes a place of Godly love… A HOLY PLACE!  THIS – YOUR BODY - is where the Holy Spirit lives and where God builds His temple!

Is there someone you have hurt, intentionally or unintentionally that you need to confess to and reconcile with so that your body can become a Holy place where God can build His temple?

Is there someone that you need to forgive so that you can feel God’s Holy love in your heart?

Is there a place in your life where you need to be more self sacrificing and less selfish so that the Holy Spirit can live in you and show itself to others through you?

Is there a way that you are living that is squandering what God paid such a high price for?  Are you desecrating your body which is God’s sacred place?  Is your body – heart, mind – soul – strength – pre pared to be God’s temple?

God reigns His grace down upon you – He wants to build His temple in you!  He has given you free will to decide how you want to accept that precious gift of grace!

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