Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – February 27, 2015

by Sally Foster

Scripture1 Corinthians 3:16-23  “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a ‘fool’ so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”

As I write this, we are beginning a new year when typical resolutions that are made include losing weight and exercising more.  Those are on my list! These resolutions certainly apply to this scripture since our body is God’s temple. When I think of it that way, it puts a huge responsibility on all of us to protect and preserve our precious temple. When we abuse it by “over-anything” (such as eating or drinking), we are destroying the very temple God gave us. Now that puts things in better perspective!

Moreover, this scripture talks to us of not allowing the wisdom of the world to supersede our relationship with God because worldly wisdom is not wisdom at all, and God’s way of thinking is more valuable. At the time this scripture was written, the Corinthians were applying worldly wisdom to their leaders and teachers. The text ends with telling us not to fear death since Christ has conquered all fears for us and death is the beginning of our eternal life with Him. What a compelling reason for us to develop a strong relationship with Christ. This indeed is a good resolution for us to make and keep throughout the year.  It’s number one on my list this year.

Prayer:   Dear God, help us to not be fearful and to grow strong in our relationship with you so that we can be a witness to others for all of the grace you have granted us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

 

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