…God’s Temple


2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-16 WEB

Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

You Are God’s Temple

If you’ve ever seen two yoked animals, you know that a matched pair of animals is necessary. Otherwise, they won’t move as a team. That’s why you would never yoke a horse with an ox.

These verses from Corinthians offer excellent advice for all kinds of relationships. To be yoked with someone means you are working with them as a team.

Sometimes believers read these verses and they are tempted to think they need to build a high wall around themselves, close the drawbridge and never come out lest they be infected by the evil world. That’s not what the rest of the Bible tells us, however, nor was that Jesus’ example to us.

We need to pray that we can be around unbelievers—at school, at work, in the neighborhood—and yet not be influenced by them. We need to discern how to have friendships with unbelievers and yet know where to draw the line. We need to interact with them, but not be yoked to them. We need to pray that we will shine for Christ and influence unbelievers—not the other way around.

God’s Promise to Me
• You are my temple.
• I am your God and I walk beside you.

My Prayer to God
Heavenly Father, because we are your temples, you command that we not make lasting commitments with unbelievers. Thank you for the promise that you will walk among us and be our God.

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11 thoughts on “…God’s Temple

  1. I needed this today. I am struggling with this in a few of my relationships – friends that are not believers. I really want to be an example to them and share with them about Jesus. I have been praying about it, how to find that balance so that I can love on them and not abandon them, but not participate in situations that affect my walk with Jesus. Great point, important for many .. Thank you, Daryl and blessings to you 🙂

    1. My prayer for you today, Erika, is that the Holy Spirit will move through you in such a powerful, but meek way, that you will not need to worry! You may not be able to pull it off, but Jesus (through the power of the Holy Spirit) can and will. I will also pray!

      On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM, darylgstewart

      1. Thank you!!!!!!!! Really, I can not thank you enough for the prayers and support. More than ever, I feel that I’m being prayed for … Doors that only God could open have been opening left and right! Doors that were sealed TIGHTLY SHUT have even been opened. God bless you and thank you for praying … It means everything to me …

  2. I was just reading this in my daily portion too! Like Erika, I have been struggling with “wanting to be HIS Light”, but feeling dragged down by folks who remain deceived and in bondage. It’s hard!! God bless you.

  3. Good post, DGS. To ” … be around unbelievers—at school, at work, in the neighborhood—and yet not be influenced by them.” This is a good word, and you preceded this encouragement / exhortation with the word “pray”. I see a great tension here, and it is a redemptive tension … a call for Christians to be salt, and to be in community with folks who don’t know Jesus. What a ministry, to be with people, and let Christ shine, so that people / individuals would be drawn to Christ.
    Thanks for the good post.

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