Monday, October 12, 2015

Temple Builders

Just got finished watching the most interesting documentary on the country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
In the documentary, one of the cities that was highlighted, was a city called, Mindat. Mindat is famous for containing the largest concentration of Buddhist temples in the world. The part of the report that particularly caught my attention, was this interesting, historical fact. When the king of Burma, in 1200 A.D. converted to Buddhism, he desired to honor his new found religion, by building as many temples as he could in his lifetime. Of course, he could not accomplish this great work without help. So the king recruited his people, specifically his best craftsmen, and set them to the task. What was the result? In the the city of Mindat, there now stands, in what was once inhospitable jungle, over two thousand ornate temples. Temples that were built because of the desire of a king, a desire fulfilled, by the help of his people.
Does this story sound familiar to you as a christian?
Paul writes in his letter to the church at Corinth these words, " You are the temple of the God, and the Holy Spirit dwells in you." (1 Cor. 3:16)  When a person gives their heart to Jesus Christ, they become like a temple to Him. A living temple of praise, worship, service, and witness to God. Along with that fact, we became servants to the King, and workers in His Kingdom. It is the work of a servant to carry out the desire of their King. His goal becomes our goal. We now join in the work of the King to carry out His desire.
And what is the desire of our King, Jesus Christ? 
His desire, is for his servants to go into the world, sometimes in the most inhospitable places, and build more temples, Living Temples.  "You are as living stones, being built up like a temple, a spiritual house of worship to God." (1 Pet. 2:5) 
Paul again writes, "We are co-laborers together with Christ... and with His help, I will be a wise builder, laying new foundations for Him." (1 Cor. 3: 9,10)

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