Devotional: ‘You Are Important’


Do you feel important?  Although there may be a few that would answer “yes”, most of us would say “no.” Most of us feel very small and insignificant. The reason many of us do not feel important is because we measure our importance by what we have done or by who we know. Yet scripture gives us another reason for feeling important. We are important because God has chosen to live inside of us.

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Suppose you were given the task of building a temple for God, what would you build? How beautiful would you try to make it? How glorious would you like for it be?  History tells us that Solomon’s temple was one of the most magnificent structures ever built. Some have estimated that Solomon used over 4,000 tons of gold and 40,000 tons of silver. If that is so, the material worth of Solomon’s Temple would reach into the billions of dollars! (1)

With that in mind, consider once again today’s passage of scripture.

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you…”

Today there is no physical building known as God’s temple. The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans during the first century. Since then, no other temple has been constructed.

Yet today, God does have a temple. It’s not a building of bricks and mortar, or gold and silver. It’s each of us! According to the Bible, everyone who trusts in Jesus as their personal Savior has the Holy Spirit of God living within them. The Shekinah Glory that once filled Solomon’s temple is now in us.

Just the thought of that blows my mind. I am so unworthy of anything God has ever done for me and even less to be His temple. Yet, by His own will, God has chosen to live in me.

I close today with this portion of scripture from the book of Romans.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

God bless you today as you seek to shine for His glory!



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