Unlimited: The Spirit Builds You Up
Mar 19, 2020 707
In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built (1 Kings 6:7, NIV).
Solomon’s life was marked by glory, riches, wisdom, and peace. Do you know what the name “Solomon” means? “Solomon” means “peaceful.” Solomon is thought of as the wisest man who ever lived, the richest man who ever lived, and he had a glorious kingdom (1 Kings 5:4)
But I have left out the best thing about Solomon. He built the temple.
That temple was a symbol of the church. Just as Solomon built the temple, Christ said, “On this rock I’ll build my church” (Matt 16:18). We are the living stones and we were cut out not by hammer or chisel but by the silent moving and moulding of the Holy Spirit. In silence, we were prepared to be living stones in the living temple of Christ’s church.
Christ talked about the Spirit, likening him to the wind. The wind blows where it likes. You can’t see it. It makes a sound but it is mysterious (John 3:8). So too the temple. The temple went up without noise, with everything prepared away from it. We are those living stones prepared by the silent moving of the Spirit (1 Pet 2:5).
− Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Sometimes you can’t sense what God is doing in your life, but he is always at work in it. When you pray, ask the Lord to show you what area of your life he is working on.