REBUILD YOUR TEMPLE
By: Jacqueline Goodwin
One night stands, a rush job, a quickie, creeping, meeting in the allies or across town was what she did to find love. She was an empty vessel longing to be fulfilled. She believed the love she longed for was somewhere hidden between the sheets. Is she a married woman or is she the Mistress?
Her name became well known in her town. She was the Samaritan women of the Biblical ages but today she is the Mistress. The Samaritan woman was married but not complete and the Mistress is single and not whole. How do their lives intertwine? Both women were revolving doors allowing their bodies to be use as an exchange for love. They would look into the mirror only to see the reflection of a woman they no longer knew.
Both had slept with every man they came in contact with longing to fulfill holes that sprung forth out of issues of abandonment and loneliness. They chase after a need for love that could not be satisfied between the sheets or even in the streets. For they fail to realize the love they had grasped a hold to will only last as long as the man they were with remain between their sheets.
The Samaritan woman found no happiness within her marriage and the Kept Woman found no happiness within her affair. The Samaritan Woman step outside of her marriage to pursue something she thought would sustain her and make her uncut. The Mistress step inside a marriage to pursue something she thought would hold her up and define who she was. However, they both discovered their temples had been broken from the inner area known as their “heart.”
After sleeping with several men both were still hollow and alone. Their temple which was their body needed cleansing but how could both become purified after being contaminated with unholy soul ties. You see the Samaritan Woman nor did the Mistress know their bodies were the temple of the Holy Spirit. They were oblivious to the fact Jesus had paid the price for their bodies to be sanctified. They were naïve to the scripture 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Both women had lost their identity within the sheets and not realizing they were destroying their spiritual houses. They were never aware of 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Jesus wanted to dwell in both women so He waited patiently for the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well to rebuild her temple. He waited patiently for the Mistress to come into the bathroom after leaving the side of the man that was not her own to rebuild her temple.
As they both listened to Jesus saying to them “Let me Rebuild your Temple” their eyes were enlightened and they realized their temple had fallen down and they were just existing out of their ruins. But in those words spoken by Jesus took the residue left by all those men and wash it away restoring them from their ashes of loneliness and rejection and erecting a New Temple from within. The Samaritan Woman and the Kept Woman both had comprise by giving their mind, body and soul to men but when they encountered Jesus He rebuilt their temple by building their self worth.
Jesus took down the first temple which was made by man and created a second temple which was prepared with his loving hands because He saw the Samaritan Woman and the Mistress spoils were worthy of being rebuilt into beautiful Temples. Jesus knew they had suffered from spiritual decay so he provided them with an abundance of healings to reconstruct their temple.
It does not matter whether you are the Samaritan Woman or the Kept Woman God wants to Rebuild your Temple. God is looking beyond your spiritual deterioration because He sees your gifts and your significance in His Kingdom. Jesus is saying to you “Let me Rebuild Your Temple.”