READ: 1 Corinthians 3
THINK: Reread verses 11-17 out loud, imagining Paul speaking to you as a good father would speak to you (see 1 Corinthians 4:14-17).
Paul uses a metaphor where he compares each of us to a building, and he says that Jesus is the foundation – the strength and the base and the heart of the building. Then he lists off a number of other materials that people might try to use to build their foundation instead. Think about your life. Think about the people around you. What types of things are people building their lives upon? What is the basis and foundation of their lives?
Ultimately, Paul’s metaphor aims to show us that the type of building we are is a temple. A temple is a place of prayer and worship. It’s a place where God’s presence is felt. What are some things that you need to do in order to keep your temple a sacred space?
PRAY: Talk to God about being a temple for him – celebrate it! Then ask what you need to know and do to make him feel at home inside of you.
LIVE: As you move through life today, think about what it means to truly be a temple in which God dwells. Do something to celebrate that.
Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo