Study Material: Matthew 21:12-14
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 "It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it 'a den of robbers.'"
Something that I learned in the United States is spring-cleaning. After a long winter, Americans open up all parts of their homes to clean out and let fresh air in. Junk is thrown out of the attic (upper loft of the house) and out of the basement. Bags and bags of trash are carted away and things that could be used by others are given out or sold in yard sale. It is a very nice tradition geared towards keeping very clean homes.
We as believers need some sort of daily spring-cleaning to ensure that every demonic, filthy and gory thing is cleansed out of our temples every day. Our bodies are the temple of God and should not be defiled with things that do not edify us. When Jesus drove out the money-changers (v12), he stated that the temple had a purpose; and that was for prayers (v13). They were no longer using the temple for the purpose. I may not know what season of the year it was in Jerusalem, but Jesus surely cleaned house.
What are you allowing in your body? Is it the purpose for which God made it? Revelations 4:11 says: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. All things were made for God’s pleasure, including your body. When you do not feed it balanced meals with vegetables and other vitamins and minerals that it needs to be strong and healthy, does it please Him? When you do not exercise and you can hardly walk to evangelize for Him, does that please Him? When you defile your body by soaking it in alcohol, does that honor Him?
Homework: Pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes of understanding to see and hear Him as He guides you on how to care for His temple – your body.