Does Your Life Reveal Your “Templeness”?

A 3rd post from The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Conference

Paige Benton Brown spoke at the Here is Your God Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Conference from 1 Kings 8, and gave a rich exhortation concerning how we do or do not reveal that we are the temple of God. As Paige put it, do we have a quality of “templeness” within us?  In her talk, Paige was actually one of the two women I heard who did apply her message to sexual sin in women. She brought out the challenging but rich calling we all have in being the home of the Lord:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Our body is not our own to do with it whatever we please.  Today, this is a powerful counter-cultural message, when the spirit of our age proclaims individual autonomy and self-expression as the core foundation of our identity.

Sisters, when we attach ourselves romantically to our female friends; when we relate sensually to one another physically and perhaps even sexually; when we chat sexually with others with our mouths, texts, keyboards; and when we are sexual with ourselves or anyone who is not our husband; we are failing to give glory to Jesus our King, Savior, Heart-Healer and LORD of our bodies.  We are in fact, being ‘sexually insane’ if we pursue self-expression and autonomy from God.  Such an attitude reveals a deceived and rebellious heart that demands to do what I want when I want and with whom I want.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of God?  Will you not treat yourself and your body as God sees you?  Will you allow Jesus to rein you in to himself with love and kindness and allow him to rule over your desires, fears, relationships and sexuality?  Why would you want to do that?  Because you were bought with a high price, the life of Jesus himself, so that you could live in the glorious freedom and beauty of being the woman God calls you to be.

To ponder these ideas more, look for Harvest USA’s mini book, Sex and the Single Girl: Smart Ways to Care for Your Heart, which will be available on the Harvest USA website (bookstore) by the end of the summer.  Also, we will soon have a curriculum resource for women who are struggling sexually, Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing for Relational and Sexual Brokenness.  This resource was written to assist you in delving more deeply into the hope and ‘redemptive sanity’ that the gospel of grace promises to us in our relational and sexual brokenness!  Go to the Harvest USA Online Store to see more information and when it will be published.

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About The Author
Ellen oversees the Philadelphia office’s ministry to women. Her ministry is focused on discipleship with women who are struggling with sexual and relational sins in their own lives, as well as women who are impacted by the sexual sins of their spouses or others. Ellen is available to teach, equip and encourage others (churches, organizations) to become more effective in ministering the gospel of Christ into the midst of all aspects of sexual brokenness.

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