An Unwelcome Guests
“In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.”
Have you ever had someone invite themselves over to your house, and when they showed up they didn’t know when to leave? Growing up in a preacher’s home there were times when we had people show up at our house unexpectedly. Most of the time, we didn’t care because that is just part of the ministry. However, there were times when people came over who didn’t treat our home and the things inside it with the same respect that we did. I can remember when these people left that our family would say, “We didn’t think they were ever going to leave.”
In the verse above, God dealt with unwelcome guests. God admonished Israel about allowing people into the sanctuary of the temple who had no business being there. These people were foreigners who took over the officiating of the sacrifices. These were people who God considered profane. The hearts of these people were not hearts that desired to serve the LORD in the manner that God designed. Their lifestyles were against the designed plan that God wanted His people to live. These people were unwanted guests in God’s house. Because Israel allowed these unwanted guests in His house, He told them that they would have to bear the shame of their actions when He judged them. God’s judgment against these people was because they didn’t treat His house with respect.
Christian, let me remind you that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. You are to live your life in such a manner that the LORD feels that you are treating His temple, your body, with respect. Sadly, many Christians allow unwanted guests into their temple. Let me show you a couple of unwanted guests of which you must beware.
First, you must beware of the unwanted guests of a wrong spirit and attitude. Do you allow anger and wrath to be guests in your heart? Do you allow bitterness and selfishness to be guests in the temple of your heart? Does your attitude and spirit reflect Christ, or do the unwanted guests come through your spirit in your treatment of others? You must be careful to protect your attitude so that Christ can shine through your spirit.
Second, you must beware of the unwanted guests of sin. One of the things that God always brought to Israel’s attention was that they allowed His temple to be filled with the filth of the world. Be careful that your heart is not filled with the wrong thoughts and pictures. Be careful that your heart isn’t overfilled with materialism. My friend, Christ should sit on the throne of your heart. There should never be any worldliness that resides in the heart of any Christian.
The best way I have found to keep unwanted guests away is to be sure you fill your heart with the guests that please the LORD. God shows us what should fill our heart in Galatians 5:22-23 when He says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Let me encourage you to take time right now to see if there are any unwanted guests in your life, and if there is, be sure to get rid of them so that Christ feels welcome in your heart.