King David wanted to build a Temple for God.  He wanted it so badly, but God had other plans.  The Temple was for David’s son, Solomon to build.  David did not get to build it, or even see it.  But God did not leave him hanging high and dry.  God gave David the blue print.  I can see David, laboring over writing the plans that God gave to him, and pausing to day dream a bit, trying to imagine what the finished  Temple would look like.  Can you see the shine in his eyes with that far off look?  The awe and wonder written on his face?  Can you sense the wistful longing?  Sigh!

David wasn’t daunted in any way by taking on this task.  Not so for Solomon.  He was given the privilege of doing the actual building.  But building the temple of the one true God was a bit nerve wracking!  What if he messed up?  What if something didn’t turn out like it was supposed to?  He must have been showing his nervousness, maybe fretting, pacing, or chewing his nails.  Because David felt the need to encourage Solomon.

“David said, ‘All these plans were written with the Lord guiding me.  He helped me understand everything in the plans.  David also said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and brave, and do the work.  Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or leave you until all the work for the Temple of the Lord is finished.'”  (I Chronicles 28:19-20, NCV).

So Solomon set to work.  He followed God’s blue print, and built the temple.  What a truly awesome place it was, too.  Eye-popping, jaw-dropping beauty!  Check out I Kings 6 and 7 for the description.  God was faithful to David’s dream, and Solomon’s work.  He was with Solomon as the temple was built, just as He promised.  And when it was finished, He moved in.  I Kings 8:6, 10-13 (NCV) – “Then the priests put the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord in its place inside the Most Holy Place in the Temple, under the wings of the golden creatures.  When the priests left the Holy Place, a cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.  The priests could not continue their work, because the Temple was filled with the glory of the Lord.  Then Solomon said, ‘The Lord said He would live in a dark cloud.  Lord, I have truly built a wonderful Temple for you–a place for you to live forever.'”

Could you hear Solomon’s giant sigh of relief, as he let out the breath he held for years while the Temple was being built.  WHEW!!!

Fast-forward a few hundred years to when  Jesus, the Son of God, took on the roll of the Temple of the Lord.  John 2:19 (NKJV) – “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'”  Jesus was the Temple, the presence of God, in human form, walking on earth.  The Holy Spirit was with Jesus, living in Him, part of Him as the third member of the Trinity.  Before Jesus went away, the Spirit could not come to us in an individual, personal way.  John 16:7 (NCV) – “But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go away.  When I go away, I will send the Helper [the Holy Spirit] to you.  If I do not go away, the Helper will not come.”

Fast-forward again.  Jesus was crucified, and raised to life after the third day.  He walked the earth again, and ascended to Heaven.  At the day of Pentecost, He sent His Holy Spirit…where.  Into (not to, INTO) the disciples, and every follower thereafter.  Jesus, in His human form, could not dwell in each of us.  He couldn’t even be with each of us all over the world all the time.  He was limited to that which his human form, like ours, could do and be.  But His Holy Spirit can be all over the world in every single believer at all times.  Now we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us…and we have become the Temple.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NCV) – “You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit who is in you.  You have received the Holy Spirit from God.  So you do not belong to yourselves, because you were bought by God for a price.  So honor God with your bodies.”

David wrote the blue print for the Temple.  Solomon built the Temple.  Jesus brought the Holy Spirit to a personal level.  He made us the Temple where the Spirit resides.  What is your roll as the Temple of God?

God has a blue print for you.  He wrote it.  Have you sensed His call?  What is He leading you to do?  Do you pace the floors, fretting, biting your nails, wondering if you are up to the task?  Consider David’s words to Solomon, “Be strong and brave, and do the work.  Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you.”

We have a huge bonus that Solomon did not have.  The Holy Spirit living within us.  There is a reason Jesus called Him the HELPER.  With the blue print designed and written by God, and The Helper living inside of you to HELP you, how can you go wrong?  So do not fear!  Instead, be strong and brave and do the work God has called you to!!!  And “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).