If you have been downstairs recently or looked at the church from Guelph Line, you will have noticed that things look a little different. Some cedar trees that blocked the view of the church from the street have been removed and in the lower level, new fire doors have been installed, the large room has been dry walled and painted and some improvements have been made as well in both the nursery and crib rooms.
On different occasions – such as during the reigns of Joash (2 Kings 12 and 2 Chronicles 24) and Josiah (2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34) – the Bible makes reference to God’s people investing time, talents and money in the repair of the Temple. Our church is not the Temple but it is a facility that has been given to us by God to do His work in the Burlington area. We show respect to Him when we take care of it in such a way that enhances our ability to do ministry.
But there is another ‘temple’ that we also need to care for. Paul reminds us in his letters to the Corinthians that each believer is God’s temple. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? … God’s temple is sacred and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NIV). Just as we spend time and effort improving the physical premises that we worship in, we need to spend time and effort improving the personal temple that dwells within us.
Summer is a time when we traditionally take a break from many things that make our days and weeks busy. Whether we have a staycation or get away from home, it is a great time to put aside some of the busy things of life. Unfortunately, there is also the temptation to set God aside as well and to take a break from Him.
As you move into this summer, give some thought to renewing the temple that Paul spoke about and choose to spend more time not less time with God. Your temple will be stronger and have a fresh look to it by the end of the summer.
Roger Attwell, Elder Chair