Know you not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
During the old covenant, the period before the birth and death of Christ, the Spirit of The Most High God dwelt in tabernacles; in the Ark of the Covenant. However, after the death of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the new covenant, God no more dwell in places made with hands. Now, He dwells in the hearts of believers whose hearts are pure and sanctified before Him.
Why is the body of a believer the temple of God? Because; the Spirit of God dwells in the hearts of believers. The Holy Spirit is also God (God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit.) That is to say, when the Holy Spirit is in you, God is in you.
Some Christians live carelessly in sin thereby, defiling their body which is the abode of God Almighty. Isaiah 52:11 tells us : Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. What is the above bible passage emphasizing? Those who are called by God’s name should stay away from sin.
When you are dressed in a white clothing, do you get yourself smeared in mud and play with such things that will stain your cloth? People who dress in white are usually careful of everything they do, in order to keep their outfit clean. If you are so careful of an ordinary cloth; how much more the sparkling presence of God? Should you not make efforts to keep His house clean?
God is concerned with the way you live your life and conduct yourself both in the private and in the open. Dignitaries and public figures carry themselves in an enviable style to protect their brands and offices. In the same manner, Christians are required to comport themselves in a way that would reflect and announce the King of Kings. It is belittling to see a carrier of Light mingling with the unfruitful works of darkness.
Search through your life, what are those things that do hinder the presence of God from abiding in you? Anything that can hinder the presence of God from fully dwelling in you can also hinder you from making heaven. While there is time, do amend your ways and depend always on God’s grace to keep you steadfast.
God demands that you live in holiness, He demands you live no more carelessly, He demands that you keep your body which is His temple clean at all times.