How to Be God’s Temple [1 Corinthians 3:16 Devotional]

How to Be God’s Temple [1 Corinthians 3:16 Daily Devotional]

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

1 Corinthians 3:16

What is this verse about?

The author of this verse, the Apostle Paul, is encouraging us to think of ourselves as more than just ourselves. Since Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, we’re now more than just people. We are God’s chosen dwelling places. Each one of us has the Spirit living in us, and because he’s living in us, we are always in his presence.

How to Be God’s Temple

Since you are God’s temple, you must learn how to be a good one. There are a few ways you can do this, so my list is not going to be exhaustive. You can do be a good temple by taking care of yourself, praying, and spending time with God.

Taking care of yourself through diet and exercise shows that you honor the body you’ve been given. I’m not suggesting you start keto tomorrow, but start making wiser decisions today. You can also take care of yourself by taking a break, going on vacation, or even just getting more sleep.

Praying allows you to express your concerns and align your heart with Jesus. Since Jesus is the owner of the temple, taking time to pray to him and make your anxieties known will help you become a better dwelling place for him. Don’t get me wrong, the Spirit is already in you. However, you can pray to become more aware of what God’s doing in your life.

Spending time with God centers your life on him. If you’re like me, you can get distracted relatively easily. Spending time with God is how we come back and get grounded. Reading your Bible every day, sitting in silence and solitude, and (again) praying are all great ways to spend time with God every day.


Father, help me to be a good temple. Thank you that you’ve made my heart your home. Give me the strength I need to take care of myself, pray, and spend time with you. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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