So this is the Project.
The Project that I hope will consume my life.
The Project that will hopefully bring about lasting change.
So, about the Project itself:
The Bible says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16) and “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
This is where the idea of the temple comes in. When I became a believer in Jesus, He sent His Spirit to live inside me, so that the day-to-day choices of life would never be made without aide.
The amount of help the Holy Spirit gives me is totally dependent on my heart condition. Either I am submitted, or I am in opposition. For me that can change hourly. But as I grow deeper roots into Him, it should tally more and more on the submissive side.
There are a few areas of life I have not found the humility to totally give to the Lord. The hardest one is this whole weight loss issue. God has been asking me to surrender my eating to Him for years; I have been ignoring Him. Well, maybe it is more honest to say I try for a bit and THEN ignore Him.
I read something today that says so clearly something that has been rolling in my head for weeks:
“God gives grace to walk out His unique call on each of our lives. He has prepared each one of us uniquely from the beginning to thrive and overcome in the conditions where we are planted. But we have to choose to allow His power to flow through us by setting our attention and affection on Him. Mary (Jesus’ mom) could have treasured and pondered selfish or prideful thoughts. If her heart had been set on an IDOL instead of the one true God, she may very well have declined the invitation when petitioned by Gabriel. This would have changed the course of history. And she would have missed the blessing of participating in the role God had crafted her for.” from Steadfast, by Mindy Kiker and Jenny Kochert
For a long time, my most common battle cry has been, “Lord, this is way too hard.” But the facts about the Holy Spirit confirm that isn’t the case. God gives us what we need to do what He asks us to do. And, trust me, He has never once asked me to work on being obese and neglect the temple. I have been prepared for this task ahead of this ‘Reclaiming the Temple’ project.
BUT…I have to choose to allow that work to be done through me. I do that by setting my affections and attention on Him. If my heart is set, instead, on an idol, which it has definite tendencies toward when I am not paying attention, I may very well decline the invitation God gives me to do something awesome for Him.
So I have to focus on the facts: the Reclaim the Temple Project is about God, not me. If He helps me to lose 100# and get my Temple back in appropriate shape for His Spirit, then, yes, there will be great reward for me also. But all glory will go to Him alone for the ability.
So join in if your temple needs repair. There is a Facebook page and an Instagram page by this same name, Consecrated Weakness. I am hoping to learn to do the whole link thing? So far, way above my paygrade…