If we spend money that we shaved in order to buy a large item, we would take good care of it. Whenever we’ve gotten to the point of buying a new vehicle, we have major rules set for the boys: No food, No drink, No trash left in the car, Remove all your items when you get out. These rules may last until the new smell leaves. By the 13th month, we have fries, candy wrappers, and empty soda cans stuffed between and under the seats.
God loves His children and sets us up as a treasure and puts on display. God says, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). The word slave is so notorious for being negative and ugly. I’d like to re-introduce the term slave as a Christian whose been purchased by God. God knew people didn’t have the ability to rescue themselves so He sent Jesus to die for all humanity. By His death, we have the free gift of salvation. Some will gladly accept and others won’t. Those who accept, their lives have been purchased by the blood of Jesus. They are bought, they are slaves, their lives belong to God, they are to work, live, respect, and honor their owner, the Creator of the Universe. Christians are living examples of Jesus, He wants us to stay clean, like new, not used and trashed like the 13 month old vehicle. The longer we are slaves for Jesus, the cleaner and purer we should be. What’s the shape are you in as God’s Temple?