March 5, Sunday

The AMI QT Devotionals from February 27-March 5 are provided by Pastor Yohan Lee who serves at Radiance Christian Church in San Francisco.  

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Presentation Matters

1 Cor. 6:19-20:

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

5I am generally not strong with presentation, nor do I much care about it.  So when I give presents, they will often come in the retailer’s bag where I purchased it (sometimes with the receipt still in it).  When I cook dinner, it will generally have a bachelor’s meal look to it (think Denny’s, not fine dining).  As a practical person, I’ll give myself the excuse that I’m more concerned with the quality of the gift, taste of the meal, or heart of the man than I am with the externals.

That being said, sometimes presentation makes a difference, doesn’t it?  I have heard rumors that there’s a magic turquoise-colored box that can make women euphoric: It doesn’t even matter if the jewelry inside is of any quality whatsoever, you could put a rock in this box, but the simple sight of it will make the woman in your life weep, laugh, blush, and sing, all at the same.

Now, in all seriousness, I didn’t get my wife’s engagement ring at Tiffany’s, but I got it online.  But, from the moment I clicked “purchase,” I was so worried that I had either been ripped off or that whatever I just bought was going to look horrible.  But when it came after two agonizing weeks, I cannot express how relieved I was, simply because it came in this fancy cherry box.  Maybe I thought that if the manufacturer went through the trouble of packaging it well, something even more valuable must be inside.  It makes little sense I know, but the presentation made all the difference in this case.

In the Christian life, we emphasize the heart of a person above the externals (e.g. jars of clay in 1 Cor. 4 or cleaning the inside of the cup in Matt. 23); however, as I read today’s passage, I realize sometimes the external presentation is important as well.  Believers have the Holy Spirit living inside of them, and our bodies are called the external “temple” (v.19), so we see that to mean that in some sense, external presentation is also important.  Question: What kind of package are you presenting for the world to see?  Do people get a sense that because your manufacturer spent so much time on presentation that something of immeasurable value must be on the inside?  Or to put it another way, “a good tree bears good fruit” (Matt 7:17).  What type of fruit are you bearing in your life?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You first and foremost that of all the places in the universe You could dwell in, You have chosen to dwell in my heart.  Help my external behavior to start to match the internal truth of my being.  I surrender my body to be Your temple. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 16

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