Blog - Embodying Truth
Identity: God's Mobile HomeSaturday, September 27, 2014
Next time you head off to work, think of yourself as a mobile home. Absurd? Well, maybe not. First, the drive, ride, or walk from home to your workplace leaves no doubt that you’re mobile, movable. Second, if you’re a Christian believer, your body is a home—a home for the Spirit of God.
In biblical language, "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (I Cor. 6:19). A well-known book by A. W. Tozer carries the title, Man the Dwelling Place of God. If God’s Spirit is at home in your body, and if your body is portable, you’re not merely a home but a mobile home.
That’s significant when you go to work. Your body houses God’s Spirit, so when it shows up on the job, its Resident arrives right along with it. That pretty much rules out any attempts to put our life with God on hold during working hours.
The word "temple” calls to mind the stone structure in ancient Jerusalem. You may find it difficult to see the connection between that and your own body working in a modern office or shop. If so, then picture another temple: Jesus’ human body (Jn. 2:19-21). That temple had hands, feet, eyes, ears, and vocal cords. With those, Jesus was able to cook breakfast, wash feet, teach, overturn tables, build things, pray, touch hurting people, and so on. In all of these, he did God’s will here on earth.
As God’s residence, your body-temple has exactly the same equipment as Jesus’ body. So on the job, your hands, feet, eyes, ears, and vocal cords can do your work and relate to others in ways that also carry out God’s will.
The tabernacle and temple played prominent roles in Old Covenant days, but neither achieved God’s aim. Those buildings made it possible for God to live among his people in a limited way. But in both, the curtain emphasized not the nearness but the distance between God and his people. God’s goal—living within his people—came only with the death of Jesus and the tearing of that curtain.
Today God does not reside in a desert tent or a Jerusalem temple. Instead, he has his dwelling-places wherever his people may roam. And each week, as millions of Christ-followers take up their daily work, they do so as God’s mobile homes.
The bodies of believers are not only temples but also offerings (Rom. 12:1). So wherever you work, using the hands, feet, eyes, ears, and vocal cords that make up your body-temple, you are to offer up "spiritual worship” to God. Just as Jesus used the parts of his body to accomplish God’s will on earth, you can use the parts of your body to do his will within your sphere of influence at work.
How would it change the way you live and speak on the job if you were to see yourself as God’s mobile home?