Sparkle and Shine
by Karen B. White
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Fall officially begins in September, however, for me; a mother and teacher fall always began the first day of school. The activities whirled around me as the leaves dancing in the wind. With my attention focused on so many activities and holidays something had to be slighted; in my case it was our house the structure in which my family and I eat, sleep, and live. Thus, two seasons later when the weather begins to warm, flowers bloom and spring arrives, the house was in dire need of cleaning.
Instead of a vacation my spring break was used to “Spring Clean”. Every window was washed both inside and out, ceiling fans dusted, light fixtures taken down and washed, floors scrubbed, carpets shampooed, walls and ceilings dusted, and every closet and cabinet emptied, wiped down, and reorganized. It took most of the week but by the time spring break was over every item in the house was sparkling clean and shining.
Temples are also a type of structure. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV) which says, “ Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” our bodies are a temple. Wow, our bodies; these lumps of flesh, bone, blood, and organs are a temple in which the Holy Spirit, who was given to us by God, lives.
The most complex organ in our temple is the brain. It possesses 15-33 billion neurons that communicate with thousands of others. It is the center of all thoughts, feelings, and emotions and should be attentive the ways of the Lord. We should remember how much He loves us that He gave His son so that if we only accept Jesus we will have eternal life. Every feeling, belief, opinion, and idea that we have or express should reflect God’s word. Any evil thought should be scrubbed out immediately before it has time to insert itself into our brain and begin to grow as a cancerous tumor turning our temple into a house of ill-repute.
Our eyes that detect light and convert it into electro – chemical impulses in neurons are the organs that form shapes into images. They are the windows in our temple that allow us to see and should be trained to perceive the need in others; whether it is physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual. In order for our eyes to work properly, they must remain focused on the Lord and be cleansed and free of all filth such as; porn and inappropriate literature.
Our ears the instruments used to detect sound and aid in balance and body positioning should also remain clear so that we may hear the gospel and the cries of others. When our ears are clogged with worldly dirt and debris our equilibrium is affected, and we become spiritually unbalanced. Therefore, the sound system of our temple should be washed and remain free of “sharp” objects such as profanity, vulgar music, and ungodly words.
Our mouths used for eating and issuing vocal sounds should be rinsed often so that they offer words of praise and are used to tell others about Jesus. They should be purified of hurtful words, gossip, cursing, and blasphemy.
The muscular organ in our temple we refer to as our heart pumps blood into our entire body. It is a vital part of our temple, and the lifeblood of Jesus should pump through our veins. We should not allow evil to reside in our heart, to be pumped to all other parts of our body. Instead, we should eat a healthy diet of Jesus and exercise by loving others as ourselves.
Our extremities should also be exercised so that when the need arises they are capable of assisting others or going where the Lord desires to spread the gospel. There are times Jesus requests us to be His hands and feet. If our arms and legs are left in one place too long dust will gather, and they will be weighed down and unable to work properly. Our extremities should be used so often that they remain dust free and capable of accomplishing any task asked of us.
God did not design and form our “temples” for naught, He had a purpose and He expects us to protect, nourish, and maintain them. As with our houses sometimes our “temples” just need a good “spring cleaning” sometimes on a daily basis so that they too will sparkle and shine.
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