1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I have a friend who grew up with 17 siblings. Yes, you read that right; 17 siblings. I struggle enough parenting two children so I couldn't imagine having that many offspring. This friend explained to me that his older brothers and sisters took on a parental role and each time a sibling was born, an older one stepped up to help.
You may think that this family was very affluent and the parents had large incomes. This was not the case. In fact, my friend tells me that, when there were only 11 siblings (before the last half dozen were born) his family actually lived in a 2 bedroom double wide trailer. There is nothing wrong with this type of home and they can be extremely nice...but let's be honest and say these are not typical accommodations for 13 people. Eventually, his father got a new job and they could afford a larger home.
The problem with the smaller house is that the space did not fit the family. It was not made for what it was being used for. Without a proper renovation or relocation, there would have been a lot more tension and discomfort in the long run.
When we look at the passage above, we often relate it to eating too much or an attempt to stop smoking. This is actually not what the Apostle Paul is trying to convey. Paul is writing to a people who have replaced gestures of worship with rituals of pleasure. These people, who continued to call themselves Christ-followers began to allow their hearts to become an inhospitable dwelling for the Holy Spirit. The space no longer was conducive for the purpose.
Paul called these believers to repentance and thus to a new way of life. God wants to make His dwelling among us and in us and He refuses to share His dwelling with other idols. God does not need or want a roommate.
Remember that your mind, body, and heart are meant to be used by God. Allow Him to purify it all.
Prayer for today: Father. Cleanse me so that I allow no other thing to distract me from your plan. Guide me daily to become more like you. Amen.
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos. You can find his blog here: ministrysauce.com