Cleanse The Temple: Your Body, Your Life

The other day I was reading the scripture in John 2:13-17 where Jesus fashioned a whip of cords and drove out the merchants and money changers who where in the outer court of the temple selling animals for sacrifices for the altar. Jesus became righteously angry because of the defilement that was taking place in the temple.

body of veggDefiled, Angry… The Temple and Jesus.

“Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

The temple is known for the place where God’s presence dwells; these merchants and money changers had defiled this Holy place. Instead of giving it the special place of honor or attention that it deserves,they made it a common place.

The Living Temple

How often do we defile the temple of the living God (our bodies) with foods and substances that we were never meant to put in them? We know that all food is fuel.  Just as there are different grades of gas of your automobile, there are also different grades of food. Some foods will burn faster in your body while others will burn slower. Our bodies are truly the temple of the living God.

My challenge for you is to think about the ways you defile your temple by what you put in it. Like the old saying goes, “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” What you put in your bodies is directly seen in how you feel, how you move, how you think. Choose good foods (fuel) and keep your bodies running and perfuming at peak performance.