April 25, 2016

Today you should read: Exodus 38

The court, basin, and altars are great pictures of worship as we continue the study of the Tabernacle. One of the clearest thoughts that runs through these chapters is this: God deserves the highest quality of worship. The finest materials were used. The most intricate detail was instructed.

When looking at these passages, I was reminded of the fact that, as a New Testament believer in Jesus, I am the Temple of the Holy Spirit! The finest materials were used. The intricate details were attended to by God himself. These verses serve as great reminders:

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
(Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)

But how can I continue to serve as a God-honoring Temple of the Holy Spirit? In a solid, short book by Donald Whitney, I learned some questions I want to pass onto you for reflection in today’s Jumpstart. These questions are great food for thought, and they get at the heart of who we are as Christians. Check them out:

1. Do you thirst for God?
2. Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word?
3. Are you more loving?
4. Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
6. Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?
7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
8. Do you still grieve over sin?
9. Are you a quicker forgiver?
10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

Questions taken from Donald S. Whitney’s book Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health.

By: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “April 25, 2016”

  1. I love your commentary Todd! The amount of money spent on the temple seems staggering to me. But it’s a great reminder that the lord similarly spared no expense as he created us either.

  2. I liked this reading today. As I read, I noticed that all the materials were brought in by God’s people. Truly the whole community gave, and it seems gave generously/sacrificially. Here, so long ago, God called his people to give, and it was by the giving of his people that his purpose was accomplished. Kind of a cool glimpse into the heart of God and how he ordains things to go, considering I know some people now who have trouble reconciling the “ethics” of ministers raising support to go into the ministerial work force. God ordered this big, elaborate construction project and it was to be accomplished through the sacrifice of his people. God owns everything; people gave from moved hearts, loving God and worshiping him.

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