I am challenged and blessed by considering the individual and communal life to which I am called as a Christian. The GPS today asks us to consider ourselves as a temple for God and that together we form a temple for God. As an individual, I experience God’s presence in my life. I know that God is present with me and living in me. I also know that I do not always make the most welcome home for God. Through my words and actions, I can make myself a place that is not hospitable to God’s presence. Likewise, through my words and actions I can make myself a place in which God’s presence lives naturally and fully. When I pay attention, I recognize the times when I am being a dwelling place for God.
Together as a community, we also form a temple for God’s presence. Each of us has particular gifts which God has given. My gifts are not the same as yours and your are not the same as someone else’s. God has gifted each one in ways that can help build up the entire community. Together we form the temple for God’s presence to live. As a community of people becoming deeply committed Christians, we have the opportunity to both give and receive support when it is needed. I know that I can rely on others to care and encourage me in a time of need. It is a blessing to be able to also give support to others who are in need of it.
As individuals and as a community, we are “a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”