Have you seen that GEICO commercial on TV with Mary Lincoln asking Honest Abe, “Does this dress make my backside look big?”? I love his non-verbal response. He hesitates and then slowly lifts his thumb and forefinger to indicate, “Well, maybe just a little”. This is the kinder side of what he’s really thinking and she storms out of the room. I know just how she feels. A few colder weeks ago I told my husband my stomach was getting a little flabby. I wanted him to say, “No, Dear, you’re only dreaming. Your abs would make Jennifer Lopez jealous.” But, then that would be a lie. So, what he said was, “Spring will be here soon.” I just had to laugh because I had caught him in an unguarded moment and I knew his comment really meant, “It will be warm soon and you can get some exercise and tone that thing up”. I love that man, really I do!
In John 2, I see a side of Jesus that gets my attention. His ministry is just beginning and he has traveled from Capernaum to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. As he enters the temple he finds money-changers profiting from outrageous exchange rates and sacrificial animals being sold to foreigners at sky high prices. All this is done while the religious leaders turn their heads to the greed and corruption. Jesus gets angry. He fashions a whip out of cords, sends everyone scurrying and overturns the tables of the money-changers. “How dare you make my Father’s house a den of robbers!” he shouts. I find myself wanting to cheer him on. After all, who in their right minds would ever think of defiling the temple of the Lord in such a way? But then, after the religious leaders confront Jesus about his authority, I read verse 21, “The temple he had spoken of was his body.”
The Jerusalem temple of the Old Testament was the dwelling place of God. However, throughout Jesus’ entire ministry his words compel us to discover that we become the dwelling place of God when we are filled with His Spirit. I don’t know about you, but that seems like an awesome responsibility to me. If I am the keeper of the temple, then I want to make sure it is swept clean of anything that might defile it. I want a heart that is pure. I want to guard my thoughts so they keep my actions in line with God’s purpose for me. A steady diet of God’s word nourishes my soul and allows me to serve others with a loving heart. I want a body that is pure. A consistent diet of healthy food combined with daily exercise helps my body function at its best until God is finished with me. Having a sound heart, mind, soul and body honors God and improves our attitude so we can love others much more sweetly.
Well, spring is all but here. It’s time to hit the walking trail, play a little praise music, talk to God and stay in His word. I don’t want Jesus to come back and find me flabby in body or soul because I love that man. I really do!
By the way, we just found out our daughter is expecting our third grandchild in October! Woo hoo!! God is good…again!! Have a happy day!