Posted by: kathryngraves | May 3, 2017

Creating Space

Your Schedule

What does your schedule look like for today? What sorts of activities fill your typical day? If you work a 40-hour per week job, then eight hours will be spent at work. Eight will, or at least should, be spent sleeping. What about the other eight hours? Do family and church responsibilities take up most of them? Do you include any time in your day just for yourself?

Your “Building”

Last week I wrote about eating healthy food because the Bible tells us our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Keeping the physical “building” in good repair is crucial. The book of Ezra tells us how difficult it was for the people to re-build the temple after it had been destroyed. Building a building is hard work, often filled with obstacles and delays. But without the building, proper worship could not happen, and the people’s focus and attention would wander to other gods and religions.

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“A Cathedral”            Pixabay

That said, what happened in the temple? You’re probably thinking, “Worship. Duh!” And you’re right. But what did that involve and why was it important? The people came to the temple to offer sacrifices for their sins and to hear the Scripture read aloud. A choir and orchestra sang and played songs to glorify God. The whole focus was on communicating with God.

You As a Temple

If your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, as 1 Corinthians 3:16 says it is, what does that mean in practical terms? The body is where worship happens. Our whole focus needs to be on communicating with God. This takes the form of worship songs, Scripture reading, and prayer. The Bible also tells us our prayers rise like the smoke of incense before the Lord. We use our voices, our eyes, our physical posture, our hands, all the parts of our body when we worship.

I know what you’re thinking. How can my whole life be devoted to prayer, Bible reading and singing when I already meet myself coming and going? Am I supposed to join a convent or become a recluse?

The lives we live can become so crowded with other things that we go entire days, even weeks, without giving God more than a passing thought. When we allow this to happen, our temple becomes hollow and useless, even if it still stands in beautiful splendor. I’m sure you’re like me and have no desire to become useless. So what are we to do?

Create Space

We must be intentional about creating space for worship in our lives. Every day needs to include a block of time when we focus solely on the Lord and spend time praying, reading the Bible and singing worship songs. You’ve probably heard how “margins” is a popular buzz word for a healthy and productive life. The idea of blocking out daily time for God is creating a margin, or space, in which God can become real. Like the white space around the pages in a book, we need space around our edges for God–and in the middle, like paragraph breaks. But we also need a whole blank page offered to Him each day.

You don’t have to write anything. But you do have to focus. You might have to rearrange your priorities. Maybe get up an hour earlier or go to bed a little later. Or move your lunch spot to a solitary location. Whatever it takes to make it happen, it will be worth it. Over time, this will become your favorite part of the day.

Beautiful Results

Making space for God, making sure our bodies really do function as temples, will make us more beautiful. Real beauty radiates outward from our eyes. Our eyes are the physical way our soul sees out of our bodies. When your soul is fed and in tune with God, who is the very essence of beauty, His beauty shows in your eyes. Another product of time spent worshipping is that the rest of our schedule may change. Our priorities will continue to shift in response to our worship experiences.

When we understand what makes our temple alive and meaningful, the alternative of a hollow facade, no matter how fit, healthy or dressed up it might be, seems unattractive, at best.

 

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Responses

  1. Thanks Kathy, reminds us that we need to work our schedule around God and not fit God into our schedule!


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