Introduction to caring for the temple is for a course to be held at the Church of the Ascension in Hilton, KZN during 2020. Alas the virus has brought matters to a standstill but we will hopefully be reviving it early in 2022.
The intention is that taking notes will not be necessary; here I will provide a framework of what was covered.
Fifteen enthusiastic believers attended, culminating in making the dough for real bread; it was timed at four minutes including grinding the flour from wheat-berries.
Brother Ass is a stubborn beast; I suspect that no Christians find it easy to care for their bodies as they ought, knowing that they are the temple of Almighty God.
The allure of worldly foods that lead to obesity and diabetes is very strong. Nor is taking a simple walk seen as a spiritual exercise that will ensure that God's temple will live long in the land.
Good nutritious food and plenty of exercise are two of the spiritual disciplines that will enable us to serve the Lord for many years, unhampered by disease and pain.
We ignore them at our peril, causing Brother Ass to stumble and fall; and vast sums of money leak out of the Kingdom, spent instead on coping with disease and poor health.
St Francis of Assisi described his body as Brother Ass; the temple of God but like a donkey stubborn and infuriating.
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that his Spirit dwells in you?"
Joe isn’t a Christian. His dentist made it very plain when he was a child that he must brush and floss his teeth every day.
Joe’s mother was the enforcer. After a time it became habit and routine.
On the other hand, our friend Sally is a believer but her dentist didn’t labour the point, or perhaps she missed the plot.
Are her teeth covered by the blood of Jesus despite the fact that she is not caring for them as she ought?
"If any one sins unwittingly, doing any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity."
- Lev 6:17
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If Brother Ass is stubborn and refuses to do it, does God spare his teeth from caries and decay? Does He protect us from the more serious health issues when Christians are lazy and obstinate, or ignorant, or indifferent about caring for the temple of the Holy Spirit?
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Ask any of those present, real sourdough bread made with 100% wholemeal flour with just butter was delicious far beyond anything the bakers could produce. We had local white and brown supermarket loaves for comparison.
This introduction to greater well-being meant only four minutes work to prepare the dough. However, to be completely honest, there were a few minutes later committed to the sourdough, and twice a week to making the hummus; but none of that is onerous or time-consuming.
Let us say it candidly and forcefully; this may all be very interesting but unless this programme of caring for the temple leads to change in the way we live, it is all hot air and a total waste of your time.
Could you make one minute to floss your teeth every single day, a couple more to do lower back exercises and four minutes to make real bread. If not, then I fear the well-being of this temple of the Holy Spirit is little different to any other person.
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come and eat with him, and he with me.
What meal will you have prepared for him? I hope not a loaf of white and margarine from the supermarket. He who you are inviting in is an authority on the subject; he is the bread of life, after all.
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