Reference: Then he measured the temple; it was a hundred cubitslong, and the temple courtyard and the building with its walls were also a hundred cubits long. (Ezekiel 41:13 NIV)
Explore: A friend of mine loves to get her nails done. I’m not talking about just a quick file. I’m talking about detailed manicures, followed by long, fake nails and then nail art that would challenge Michaelangelo!
She says it’s her only luxury, but when you add up each weekly appointment, it actually reveals a large percentage of time and money. I’m all for feeling good about ourselves, but this nail obsession is a little further than I would take it.
Application: Our health professionals today talk about the importance of a balanced life. Having some luxury moments is not going to have a detrimental effect on us, however, if the moments turn into months then we may have to reassess.
We need a balance of work, exercise, relaxation, relationships, worship… it all goes into making us well rounded.
When I read about all the dimensions of the temple in Ezekiel 41, I realised that they were all in proportion. There were measurements for particular rooms, entrances, courtyards and the inner sanctuary. Everything had its place and its measurements.
It reminded me that we are all a temple for God. We need time spent in the inner sanctuary, but also time spent in all the different areas of our life. Whatever the portions may be, our whole life is a temple – a place of worship to God.
Whether we are at home, at work or mixing socially, we are always a temple. Our actions and words may change, but in everything we do we can give glory to God.
Prayer: Lord, help us to get everything in perspective. May we allocate the right times for the things that are important in our lives. Amen.
How balanced is your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible.
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