He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls. 2 Chronicles 3:7
When a person is building a house, he wants it to look nice. He will strive to build it with the best materials he can afford. Once the house is built and the walls are up, he will work to paint it with the right colors. Covering the bare walls with the best colors is his goal.
Each person has a different opinion as to what is the best colors to make the house, but the goal is the same. They want the house to stand out as great. They want it to be comfortable and pleasing to the eye.
As Solomon was having the temple of God built, he had everything overlaid with gold. Gold was to be seen everywhere on everything. During his time, gold was the most precious material available. He also spared no expense in how the temple was built. It was an extremely costly expense to overlay everything with gold, yet it was done to honor God with the temple.
God had moved His dwelling place from the physical temple to the hearts of men and women. He now dwells in the lives of people, rather than in a building.
Each person who believes in Jesus is now a temple unto God. They are a work in progress from the moment they chose to follow Jesus.
As a person, they are not very beautiful to look at. People are filled with sin and faults. In order to change, they must put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus. This is the new gold for God’s new temple.
Putting on His righteousness is costly. It will cost the believer his desires and life. All now belong to God and are to be holy unto God.
You are a temple unto God, a place where God can dwell. The righteousness of Jesus cleanses you and makes you holy. It can bring honor to God in a dark and sinful world.
The process of putting on the gold righteousness will be costly to you. You will have to give up some old habits and thoughts. Yet, in the end it is a witness to the world of who you serve and where your heart is. The world will see what you value and where your focus is.
Are you covered in God’s gold today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Savior; that you will be covered by Christ’s righteousness; that your life will be filled with God’s Spirit; and that the world will see Jesus in you.