Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
(1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Paul declared our bodies “temples of the Holy Spirit,” so people no longer need to go to a particular place—like the temple—to experience God. They can experience God through us. We are carriers of his grace, character, and love. Now, we don’t always do this well, but over time, as we deepen our relationship with God and as he transforms our hearts and minds to become increasingly loving and grace-filled, we begin to reflect Jesus more and more. In this way, we become carriers of the gospel individually and as a community of believers.
- How are you doing at being a carrier of the gospel? What do people see when they are in your presence? What in you reflects God’s character, grace, and love? What parts do you need to yield to God’s transforming work?
- When did you first hear the gospel and respond? Who “carried” the gospel to you in a way that led you to receive the gift of grace through Jesus? Reach out to them and thank them for the way they carried the gospel to you.
- Sit quietly for one or two minutes and ask God to bring to mind faces of people to whom he wants you to carry the gospel. Also, pray that God would identify the places he wants to send you. Who came to mind? How is God inviting you to respond?
God, thank you for entrusting me to be a carrier of the gospel. Thank you for granting me the gift of your Holy Spirit in my very body to guide and direct me. Help me to be open to wherever you lead me. Transform the places in me that don’t reflect your love and grace. Plant someone in my heart who is seeking after you and searching for a loving presence in their life who can answer questions or help them find their way. Use me to carry your grace. Amen.