Friday, October 7, 2011

Living Temple

Ephesians 2:19-21

Somewhere outside of Tucson AZ, there is a cavern system called Kartchner Caverns.  It was found by a caver and kept a secret for years because this cavern was still "alive," meaning that the cave's stalactites and stalagmites were still growing and it was still an ecosystem that was thriving.  The caver knew that if the caving community found out about it, too many people would come in and expose the cave to too much light, destroying it's ecosystem and drying out the beautiful columns.  Eventually the caverns ended up in the hands of the state of Arizona and research was done on how to best allow the public to see this beauty without destroying the ecosystem.  I had the opportunity to visit it a few years ago, but because of the strict rules I was not able to take any pictures.  Unfortunately, that means this is not a picture of the cavern (it is from a stock photo site), but this still gives you a visual of some of the beauty in that cavern.  As we toured the cavern, we saw so many different designs made by water flowing through mineral rich rock.  Each room in the cavern was different from the next, yet everywhere we turned we saw the beautiful transparent living columns and ribbons.  When there is still growth in the cavern, you can see a sheen on the columns and it almost has a transparent quality to it.  When the column is "dead" or no longer attached to a water source, it becomes opaque and looks more like a solid rock.  What keeps the columns alive is the water source.  As long as there is water feeding the column, it will continue to grow.  The verses I am looking at today made me think of the "living" cavern; please look up Ephesians 2:19-21.

This section of scripture tells us that together we are being built into God's temple, with Jesus being the cornerstone.  This is only possible in Christ, who is our source to living water.  Jesus said in John 4:10, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water."  In John 7:39 we learn that Christ gives us living water, which is the Holy Spirit.  In John 7:38 Jesus says, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."  When we believe in Christ, we are filled with the Holy Spirit which will fill us to overflowing.  There will be an outflow from our lives to share with others.


When we are tapping into the living water, we are being built as living stones for God's temple.  1 Peter 2:5 says, "And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple..."  I think that is a beautiful word picture.  This is not a temple like a cathedral made of rock, this is a temple that is built on living stone that is continuing to grow and thrive from the living water.  Our faith is not to be stagnant and dead, it is meant to be alive and growing and visible to those around us.  Others will know our faith is alive because of the good things we are doing that God has planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10).


Are you growing from the source of living water?


Linking up with Brag On God Friday and Spiritual Sundays.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for such a great post. It really makes me think about how much of my life I have given over to the Living Water, Jesus Christ. I have been inspired. God bless.

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  2. that cavern is soo cool..and your message encouraging. It sort of what I've been thinking about...direction, plans...thanks Sharon for this.

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  3. Hi Sharon:

    Wonderful post. I love to visit caves and had the privilege of visiting one several years ago that was still forming.

    I also thought of the Living Water and how we Him to grow and mature spiritually.

    Many blessings,
    Joan

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  4. Living stones -- that IS a beautiful word picture! I crave the clear water of the Living Water.

    Beautiful post.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  5. So beautiful, loved how the cavern and His living water tie together and your words in the post. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Great post. And I was privileged to visit this cavern a few years ago. It really is awesome.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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