Suppose, former procrastinators, that you have the opportunity to serve someone dear to you by hosting him or her in your home for an extended period of time. Doing this delights you both.
Over the months some things develop. One of the boards on the front porch sinks in when you step on it. Inside, the lights flicker and the heat doesn’t seem to work. There’s a leak in the living room that requires a pot for catching drips. The kitchen sink takes too long to drain. Something black darkens the ceiling in the shower.
Would you say to your guest, “I know these little things are going on. But they should be no problem if you pay no attention to them. They could even go away. It’s fine.”
None of us would say that! We’d do our best to make repairs. If we didn’t have the knowledge or skills, we’d call a professional to do the job.
Jesus makes His home with us. (John 14:23) He’s in the body-house with me, with you. Yet sometimes we neglect to call the professionals needed to help us maintain the temple of our bodies where He lives. We find it easy to put off making the necessary appointments for repair and maintenance. We don’t want to deal with it. “It’ll go away.” “It’s not that bad yet.” “I’m doing fine.”
Recently an unsolicited newsletter arrived in our mailbox. This publisher promotes wellness through exercise, healthy diet, vitamins, etc. Yet he said the thing that makes him maddest is people refusing to see a doctor. He knows the value of medical help, and of seeing a doctor early on before an issue becomes a serious problem. We’ve all heard stories or know someone who delayed getting medical help until it was too late. We also know of those who “caught it early” and fared well. Let’s be in the second group, alert to get help for our temple-bodies.
What professional do you need to make an appointment with for your temple?