It was so nice letting the windows up and getting a nice breeze flowing through the house. At first it seemed that winter decided it was going to hang around the entire twelve months. Thankfully, spring broke free. The warm weather was comforting in its own – wrapped in the sun – kind of way. After piddling around the house a bit, I decided I would take a quick walk around the block. (Yes, I should have been jogging but that’s another blog post). What better way to celebrate such a beautiful, unexpected weather change than being outside. Right there on the corner sits one of my favorite houses in the neighborhood. Of course, I have seen this house thousands of times with its well-manicured yard and perfectly trimmed Korean Boxwood hedges. But, probably like me, the residents were taking advantage of this winter day that felt like summer. This visibly meticulously tidy house on the corner, gave me a look in-and a surprising surprise. The garage door had been left wide open. And there were boxes, bags, trash and rubbish everywhere!
Who would ever take such careful methodical care of the outside and not dedicate as much, if not more care to the inside?
1 Kings 6, gives us every precise detail King Solomon used when building the temple; cubit by cubit. “And the inside of the temple was cedar, carved with ornamental buds and open flowers. So Solomon overlaid the inside of the temple with pure gold. He stretched gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. The whole temple he overlaid with gold.” With exactness and intent, King Solomon spared no expense of the beauty the temple of the Lord would display – the outside – and the inside.
You and I have a case such as King Solomon. We too have a temple of the Lord, meticulous in its creation and methodical in its care. And often, without us being aware, the tidiness of our upkeep, the manicure of our hedges, and even the chains across the front are being observed. On any given day, there will be someone passing by; complementing our efforts, admiring what beautiful care has been taken of the outside.
But I ask …. What will they see if you left your garage door open?
For do you not know that you are the temple of God….” <1Cor 3:16>