An Interview With My Dad

On my Podcast, I’m starting a new series where I interview different people who have been faithful in serving Christ.

I decided that I had to kick this series off with the person I look up to when it comes to this attribute of being faithful, Doug Hutton.

My dad has been the picture of faithfulness over the years and he has been a great example when it comes to faithfulness and loving the Lord.

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How’s Your Temple Doing?

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

These verses have been on my mind the last couple of weeks. Through different conversations with different people, these verses have come up.

It is definitely interesting to see how different people take these verses and make application to their life from it. Today, I’m going to share what God has laid on my heart in reference to applying these verses to my life.

To briefly introduce this topic, I think about the temple in the Old Testament and what it was used for. From the temple that traveled through the wilderness to the temple that Solomon built, it had one main purpose, to offer sacrifice to God. This temple was were God dwelt. It was to place to go to for sacrifice and service to God.

When Jesus died on the cross, the temple veil was rent in two giving us access to the throne of God. We do not need a priest or a go between to talk to God. We have free and unlimited access to God whenever and wherever we want!

Paul is telling the church of Corinth that our bodies are now the temple of God once we have been saved. He states “For ye are bought with a price…” Paul was telling the Corinthians that they were no longer their own, they were now God’s so start acting like it!

Same goes for us as Christians today, we are no longer our own. Our bodies aren’t our own once we are saved, we are now Christ’s.

Once we become saved, we become the temple of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit lives inside us. So the question that each one of us need to ask ourselves is ‘How is my temple?’ Is it a comfortable, clean dwelling place for the Holy Spirit or is a place of chaos and carnality?

One thing that has stood out in these verses is the last statement, “…therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit…” Not only our spiritual life needs to bring glory to God but also our physical life.

I have been convicted about what I’m putting into my body. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, I don’t so drugs…but I drink soda, energy drinks, eat fast food, and more. Just like the first three things have harmful effects on my body, so do the latter items. I have to eat better, I have to be more conscious about what I put into my body! I believe God wants us to live a healthy life, I’m not saying that we won’t go through illness and disease but we need to do our part in being healthy.

Physically and spiritually, we need to be careful what we consume on a regular basis. Is it healthy physically? Is it helpful spiritually?

Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Take care of it. Do your best to make it a temple worth service to the Lord.

How To Behave In Church – Lesson 2

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” I Timothy 3:15

Behave – to manage the actions of oneself in a particular way; to conduct oneself in a proper manner.

As we start going through the list of behaviors that we should have in our life as a Christian, when it comes to the house of God, I want you to ask yourself if you display these behaviors. When I was looking at this list I have, I had to ask myself if I needed to improve in any of these areas. To be honest, I could use improvement in every area and most Christians probably could because we never reach a point of perfection in our Christian life.

BE FAITHFUL

The first behavior we need to have in the house of God is that of faithfulness.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

Faithful: steadfast in affection or allegiance; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty

Forsaking: to renounce or turn away from entirely

Assembling: to bring together (as in a particular place or for a particular purpose); to fit together the parts of; to meet together

Exhorting: to incite by argument or advice; to give warnings or advice; to make urgent appeals

As I start this lesson, I want to say that I understand that there are times when you are sick or your child is sick or an emergency happens and you can not make it to church. These are not the times that I am talking about today. I am talking about and referencing the times we purposely choose to miss church.

When we choose to miss church, we are forsaking church. We are saying that it isn’t important and that we don’t need it. Sounds harsh, right? I find it interesting and convicting that God uses the word forsaking, He was emphasizing how much church attendance means to Him.

When we forsake church, we are renouncing church and we are turning away from church. This isn’t an immediate result but over time, the more you forsake church, you will end up totally out of church. You have to choose whether you want to be faithful to church or to forsake church.

The Bible also tells us to exhort one another, to make urgent appeals to one another to be at church. We think that we are being rude and overbearing when we keep inviting and asking the same person over and over to be at church. Well we aren’t, we are just exhorting like the Bible says. It also tells us to do it more and more as the day approaches, the day of Christ’s return.

Why is it important to be at church?

  • Because Christ gave Himself for the church. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Ephesians 5:25 If Christ found the church so important that He gave Himself for it, the least we could do is show up when there is church going on. Christ didn’t give Himself for that football game or that family outing on the lake. Whatever you have going on during church time is not more important than church itself.
  • Because Christ placed you in your church. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.” I Corinthians 12:18 God has placed you in the church you belong to for a specific reason. You are a part of that church body. When you miss church, you are letting part of the body of Christ down. If we think of ourselves as members of the body of Christ, we may make more of an effort to be at church every service. God has placed you in your church, and He has a function for you to do in that church, no matter what it is.

If you are ever going to have good behavior at church, you must learn to be faithful. Show up, be on time, enjoy church and enjoy being part of the body Christ has placed you in.

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