1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19-20
Paul uses an interesting metaphor for the Christian here in this text. We are now the Temple of God. We are living Temples. From the origin of the Tabernacle and the Temple its purpose was clear. It was to Represent God to the People. It was never to be a replacement, but a representative.
We are to live in such a way that our lives would reflect the Lord. Christianity is marked by the Cross. Our lives should be marked by the Cross.
What is the Cross shaped life all about. It is living in a right relationship with God and others. The vertical describes our relationship to God and Creation. The Horizontal refers to our relationship with others. From the beginning this was the designed God used to form man. However, man lost this design through the fall. Instead of living an Others first lifestyle. We began to live a Me first lifestyle. God does however have a blueprint that he would have us to follow.
The Challenge of a cross shaped lifestyle is this. We are to Live like Sons: Vertical. We are to Love like Servants: Horizontal. This is CROSS TRAINING: As we read the NT. We find that Jesus set an example for us to follow. Jesus was both the Son of God and the Servant of God. He has not called us to live a life that he has not lived himself. As our example, he first embraced the love of his Father. And he then expressed that faith in loving servanthood. His entire earthly ministry had a single purpose: Seeing people reconciled to a right relationship with God, and as a result, one another. Hebrews 12:2, and Philippians 2:5-11.
Notice a few details about these two roles:
Jesus lived as the Father’s Son.
Jesus lived as the Father’s Servant.