This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built. (1 Kings 6:7)
What is a temple? A temple is where a “god” dwells. Zeus had his temple. So did Apollo. Yahweh, the One True God, also has His temple. Solomon was the one who built that first temple.
Does God have a temple today? Of course He does. You may be aware that the Bible tells us that our physical bodies are “temples”. That’s because the Holy Spirit dwells in us (1Cor. 6:19). Did you know that when we as a church are gathered together, that we too are a “temple”? That’s what Paul meant when he wrote to the Corinthians in the third chapter (1Cor. 3:16). Peter tells us that we are “living stones” being built into a temple (1Pe. 2:5).
I think we can learn something by the way that Solomon built his temple. The foundation and structure of the temple were built out of large, costly stones (1Ki. 5:17). These stones were cut and finished away from the site of the eventual temple. It’s only after these stones where shaped that they were assembled into a temple.
What’s my point? The weightiest and strongest parts of that spiritual “you” are not what’s made in public where others see you as we gather as a church. The best parts are made by what you fashion while away from watching eyes. Are you investing time daily with God in secret? Make sure your highest priority is your quiet time with God. That’s how the best temples are built.