“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8
A sanctuary is a holy place. Today, even with all your imperfections, if you believe, that is you. :)
Our Lord certainly doesn’t need our company. But He desires to dwell among them (us) enough to sacrifice His life for that purpose. As our creator, He has the authority and power to offer peace, love, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and a sound mind or self-control as fruit of His Spirit, or as a result of a relationship with Him.
However, His presence doesn’t take away struggles or battles. We can still count on life being filled with crazy excitement and painful wounds. Sometimes it’ll be easy to filter through all of it forgetting about Jesus even though He lives in us through His spirit.
With difficulties, we can be tempted to focus on (and keep thinking about) what feels like insurmountable challenges and not factor in the power of God. I’ve found that what we spend most of our time thinking about will determine our beliefs, words and actions. They show what or who is rooted in our hearts; the true authority of Christ, or something or someone we’ve permitted to pull our focus from His truths. If there are lies rooted there (meaning anything that doesn’t line up with God’s word), we’ll have behavior and habits that indicate (or are the fruit of) the rooted lies.
In Exodus, they had to do “the heavy lifting” of the brick and mortar so-to-speak. But Jesus gave us the new covenant with the gift of His ever-present spirit. Since we are now His sanctuary, we experience His dwelling in us as we read and study God’s word, worship and praise Him and pray.
A heart (the holy place) rooted in Jesus is one where we experience the fruit of His spirit. Jesus is life and Truth (meaning ultimate truth) with truths; and who wants to fall for a lie?! A heart rooted in Him is one that actually knows God’s heart for them and about them, and believes and trusts what God says and in turn recognizes the lies for what they are and doesn’t waste time thinking about the lies.
However, because our human side does exist, God had the foresight to direct us to fellowship and accountability to help with our struggles. On more than one occasion I’ve had friends lovingly call me on my wrong thinking to help redirect me to the truths of Jesus.
Only with God focused thinking can the aroma of our hearts (our attitude and thought life) be pleasing to Him. And only then can we truly experience the freedom He offers as His gift to those who believe.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil 4:8
Lord, please keep me mindful that you yearn for a dwelling place that is clean and pure and that you yearn for and have provided a way to be in intimate fellowship with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.