The Rev. James Cole: Protect the temple that you are

Have you ever thought about your life and what you allow into it? I mean, have you really taken an inventory of what you have allowed to influence you and your loved ones on a daily basis? Maybe this isn’t something that you have taken the time to look at, but maybe it’s time that you should; because what you allow in your life and who you allow in your inner circle can either help you or even worse, it can harm you.

 

Let’s take the White House, for example; can anyone just walk up to the White House and gain entry just because they want to go in? Of course not. Before anyone is allowed into the White House they have to go through a screening process; they have to go through all of the checks and clearances and whatnot before they can gain access. Why can’t I just decide to walk up and go in the White House? The reason is because of who lives inside; it is the home of the president of the United States, and there are people and processes in place to make sure that nothing can harm him.

Well, what about those of us who profess to be Christian? Have you thought about that? Shouldn’t we screen, check and process things before we allow them into our lives? I say yes we should because of Who lives inside of us. We have the God of the universe living inside each and every one of us who have put our faith in Jesus Christ. Are we not told in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

If God lives inside of us, if we are His house, shouldn’t we avoid things that would go against Him and harm our walk with Him, especially since we were bought with an extremely high price? Some of you may be thinking, “Well, how would I do that?” Take an inventory of what it is that you are watching, what you are listening to, who are you allowing into your life, your inner circle, that can and/or does influence you. We are told in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Christian parents, what are you allowing your kids to do, who are you allowing them to hang out with, what are you allowing them to experience? As professing believers, it is your job to protect your kids from the things in this world that can harm them.

I have a good friend who was told that he should allow his kids to experience certain things of the world, to which his reply was, “I don’t throw my kids into a vipers den to prove to them that they are dangerous; I warn them of the vipers and keep them as far away from them as possible.” You see, he is more interested in his kids’ spiritual well-being than he is about whether he is their friend.

As Christians, we are not supposed to be influenced by the world; the world is supposed to be influenced by us.

Remember, the world is watching us, and we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:22, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” If our lives don’t look any different from the rest of the world, how do we expect to be a living witness for Christ?

Before we allow anything into our lives we must remember: Who it is that lives inside of we who call ourselves Christians, because what we expose ourselves to, what we allow into our lives, we are exposing Him to also. This not only causes Him pain, but it can and will harm our walk with Him and bring unnecessary pain into our lives.

Ask yourself this question: “Is what I am doing or what I am allowing into my life glorifying God or is it hurting Him?” I pray that you can answer it honestly.

 

The Rev. James Cole is pastor of Sovereign Grace Community Church in Grovetown.

 

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