• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 14, 2021

Daily Reading: I Kings 6-7

I Kings 6:14,21-26 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.

It has been said that "Well begun is half done." The start of a project, any project is the most difficult phase. Once begun however the work takes on a life of its own. Step by step those involved can see the progress. Encouraged with the work they continue in the work. Then more suddenly than it was begun the project is over. While it may have started with much ceremony, it is finished, usually without much fanfare. Upon finishing a project the builder has first claim to observe it, look over it, and enjoy the memory of the work of it. Satisfied that all is finished the worker can rest assured that their labor is not in vain, for now something exists that did not exist before they began the building of it.

So the house was built, but just the shell of the house. The interior, the furnishings, the overlaid gold, the ornate coverings, were yet to be completed. Yes, Solomon built the house and he also cultivated the inside to be as beautiful as the outside was strong. Which brings us to a practical point to ponder.

Upon salvation an individual has the foundation secured, for the foundation for every child of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. Upon Him we are to build the temple shell and elaborately finish the inside. After all, according to I Corinthians 6:19 we are a temple of God. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Just as the Temple that Solomon built required a foundation, the outer shell and the inward furnishings and decoration, so too our temple requires all three. The foundation is Christ, the outer shell is that part of us that everyone sees and observes. The inward being is the inward man. Concerning of the inner man of the heart, Peter wrote: But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (I Peter 3:4)

Some of the Christian faith begin well, but their temple is not finished because they became sidetracked, careless, or trapped. Some never finish because they never begin, only having the foundation. To build, and finish, the Temple, Solomon completed all three aspects, foundation, outward shell, and inward furnishing and ornaments. Let every child of God follow his example - that they may build and finish. But know this, while Solomon's Temple was a building made with stones, wood, gold, and other solid and rigid materials. Our temple is being built with personality, temperament, patience, obedience, and the leadership of the Holy Ghost. The outward appearance of that which we build on the foundation of Christ is best constructed through the inward being first developed, meaning the inward creates the outward to be a true and real expression of that which our temple really is (or is supposed to be, an earthly representation of Christ).

Until tomorrow, work on your inward Temple, for Christ, today.

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