In verse 16, the you is plural! “You (plural) are the Temple of the Holy Spirit!” We need to remember that we are both individual and corporate! The church is vital to your individual spiritual health! Verses 5-15 have much to think about.
“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
Here is a “must-have” foundation understanding of our service to God.
There is nothing we do that bears significance toward ourselves.
We cannot start to build a house of bricks on our own work, claiming anything of ourselves in the building that God sets us on.
Because if we do, we are pursuing the wisdom of men, of the world, rather than of God.
It is ONLY God who gives growth.
We must remember this. We must wrestle with this. We must live this out, soaking it deep within, that even our very thoughts (as well as our words and actions) bear it true – That God is to be INCREASED as we are decreased.
* Oh Father God,
Please sink us in our selves that we might rise in Thee.
Please squash us down, clean us out, wipe us clean – That it might be You, Your light, Your wisdom, Your love and faithfulness that blossoms forth from us.
That we would reflect Jesus.
That those around us would see Jesus!