“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?” (2 Chronicles 2:5-6)
God is big. How big? Well, let’s just say He’s big enough that no temple could contain Him. Even in Solomon’s efforts to build an incredible place for God to dwell (and it was incredible – Solomon’s Temple was considered to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), he couldn’t build a place large enough to contain God.
God is a Spirit, and He is everywhere. That doesn’t mean that God is everything – He’s not a tree, nor is He dirt on the ground. But God’s presence is all around, and He has promised that the Holy Spirit even dwells within the hearts of those who choose to trust in Jesus’ death on the cross for the forgiveness of their sins. Those who trust have the benefit of the living God existing inside of them!
Solomon, in his wisdom, recognized that he was not worthy to build a home for God. His character wasn’t good enough, his sins were too much, and his flesh disqualified him. Even so, he built a place where he could offer sacrifices to God. Isn’t that what we are to do, too? Your body, where the Spirit of God lives, is to be a living sacrifice to Him. That’s why Paul, in Romans 12:1, instructs us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. How do we do that? By submitting to Him. By saying, “God, whatever You want it what I want.”
God is a great god, and there is no physical place that is big enough to contain Him. Even still, He chooses to reside in our hearts. Offer yourself, then, as a living sacrifice to Him – allow yourself to be a temple just as Solomon built a temple to Him. In doing so, you will be worshipping the Lord.
Father, help me to worship You by offering myself as a living sacrifice. You are an incredible God, and there is no structure that can contain You. But just as Solomon built a place wherein he could offer sacrifices to You, let me build a place in my heart where I sacrifice myself to You. Let me submit to You and live in a way that brings You honor. Be pleased by my act of worship.