Monday, February 16, 2009

With Some Thoughts About Sacred Vessels!

I was really convicted by something else in Daniel 5 last week that I wanted to share with you...

In Daniel 5, King Belshazzar, the partying king, orders that the sacred vessels be brought to him. Well, these were vessels that had been taken from the temple in Jerusalem and had been used to worship God. So, King B. gets these vessels and what does he do with them? He starts drinking out of them and worshiping his gods with them! BAD IDEA!! And some scholars even believe that he poured out wine as a sacrifice to his gods...REALLY BAD IDEA!!

But I started thinking...our bodies are sacred vessels. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (My theme verse for this blog) says, "We have this treasure in jars of clay..." That treasure is the Holy Spirit and we're the vessels... So, if you're a Christian, you're a sacred vessel!! (We're also told that our bodies are the temple of God!!)

And it hit me... I'm alot like King B! I pour things (in a spiritual sense) into my sacred vessel that don't belong there and I pour out my sacred vessel to the idols of my heart, things I look to for satisfaction apart from God! Hmmm... BAD IDEA!

Let's consider a few things we might pour out our heart to... shopping when we're down, overeating when we're stressed, maybe alcohol, or pornography, or improper could be the gym too, or even the television or books (as a means of escape)...or it could be our friends, or even the ministries we serve in... There are thousands of places that we can seek satisfaction apart from God...

But what about the things we pour into our sacred vessels... FOOD! Anger, bitterness, criticism, self-righteousness... And think about our eyes, the things that enter through them.

I've been thinking a lot about what I watch on TV... We've stopped watching CSI because so many of the crimes were graphic sex crimes... The same with Law & Order SVU... And besides, who needs all of that darkness in our minds anyway. And there's the television shows like The Batchelor and Desperate Housewives... YIKES!! And what about the movies we watch?!

Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." So, even though those shows might not cause you personally to stumble, what about your husband who is more visual... If they look lustfully at any of the women, they are committing adultery in their hearts. I just don't want to be a stumbling block like that to my husband.

But here's another thought...Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

True, noble, right, PURE, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy... WOW... that's a pretty tough litmus test in our time... It rules out a lot of things for believers.

Well, God had a pretty decisive judgment against Ol' King B for what he did with the sacred vessels, so we can be certain how He feels about things such as this... Yes, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, even our idolatry, so we won't be judged in the same way as King B., but I sure hate to think that I'm taking the cross for granted because I supposedly have the 'freedom' to watch, eat, do, shop, say whatever I want too...

Jesus said, "Clean the inside of the cup and dish and the outside will be clean also." (Matthew 23:26) If you'll excuse me now, I have some cleaning I need to do!!


Chris said...

Wow Sharla! you just reminded me again why we don't have a TV. It is actually a church discipline of ours and so many of our young people say, well, we would just watch the good shows.....thanks for reminding me.

trina said...

We were just discussing about "freedom in Christ" in Sunday school a few weeks ago. Our teacher said something interesting I had never thought about before. The freedom isn't freedom to do whatever we want because we won't lose our salvation. It's freedom to be more like him. We are not in bondage. We are free. If we are walking with Christ, he will convict us and we can live in freedom. I'm probably not explaining it well but a light when on.
BTW, getting ready to finally start my Beth Moore Daniel study. I'm excited!

Cristy said...

We don't watch much tv, but it sure can vex you- but really ANYTHING that replaces God in our lives does- computer, recreation, etc... Thanks for the reminder to keep our thoughts above!

I am still here, I was sick last week, so I have done terribly as a Hot Momma, but we are about to purchase a double jogging stroller and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather here in Atlanta!

Shannon Seibert said...

Amen sister!
You know I love you!

Patientlywaiting said...

Great post Sharla. I have done awful with the weight loss thing. Well, I haven't gained but I haven't lost either. I just need to invite Jesus into each meal and only eat when I'm hungry and stop when satisfied (not stuffed). Also I need to not eat when I am bored or stressed instead I need to fill up on God's word. It always fills me up and I don't have to count calories! Thanks, for the post and the fresh start.