In the month of January 2016 our church visited a bird sanctuary on the outskirts of the city. We all were very excited as this was a church picnic planned after a long period of time. Anyway, so we left for the sanctuary at 10 am all prepped up and super duper enthusiastic. As it was a bird sanctuary we expected to see some migratory birds and hoped to enjoy the beautiful green surroundings.
But on reaching it I found nothing special about the place. The place had no charm. The surroundings were green but there was no freshness about it. The grounds were un-kept. The playground had swings which at least made the kids happy. Don’t get me wrong, I had tons of fun with my church folks. But something about that sanctuary did not excite me. Rather nothing did.
At night as I was about to hit the bed just after my prayer, I was reminded of a song “Lord prepare me, To be a sanctuary, Pure and holy, Tried and true… With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.”
And suddenly it clicked me I too am a sanctuary, a place where God dwells. Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:16 (ESV) writes, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” And if the Holy Spirit was to dwell in me I needed to keep this sanctuary holy and pure. The Spirit of the Lord does not dwell in unholiness. I cannot have a dull, passive, joyless Christians life and hope to be a charming sanctuary for God. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, there is joy, there is passion for God, there is love, kindness, patience and endurance, there is peace and so much more.
In the Old Testament the Presence of God used to dwell in the Holy of Hollies in the Temple which was only accessible to the High Priest. It was inaccessible to the general public. But what amazing grace of God we have today that instead of choosing to dwell in mere buildings He chooses to dwell in us. Therefore, we cannot take this privilege for granted. Always, always, always I need to keep my spiritual life in check.
This was something the Lord taught me and although I’m nowhere near perfect, I know the Holy Spirit is working in me. This I pass on to you.
God bless you.