Is your temple clean?

Luke 19:45 – 46 (NIV) Then [Jesus] entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” He said to them, “ ‘My house will be a house of prayer’, but you have made it ‘ a den of robbers.’ ”

As we follow Jesus through the original Holy Week, may our minds focus on some of the things He deemed important in the days leading up to His death.

As many people who know their death is imminent try to make sure their affairs are in order, Jesus too took the time to point His close friends to the things that were important.

Shortly after the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, Jesus went into the temple in Jerusalem and “cleaned it out”. He emphatically told those in the area that their focus was wrong – they were turning an area created for communion with God into a place of deceit, price gouging and advantage-taking. It is like He was saying: “Open your eyes people! Something more important than lining your pockets is at hand. Look around you and see the ‘REAL’ purpose for this place!”

When we were in Sunday School, we would sing a chorus (with actions) that went like:

The shelf behind the door,

The shelf behind the door.

Tear it down and throw it out –

Don’t use it any more.

For Jesus wants His temple clean,

From ceiling to the floor.

Even to the little shelf

The shelf behind the door.

(author unknown)

Today, may we look at our lives – our personal temple – What is happening there? Is it a house of prayer? Or a den of thieves? Is MY temple clean?

For as Paul wrote to the Romans (in 12:1 – 2) “Therefore , I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”. Y

Evening Prayer today at 6 pm at Christ the King.images3HDA2QHU

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