So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then Solomon brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the other utensils—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple.
—1 Kings 7:51
Solomon’s temple was indeed magnificent when one considers the brass, the silver, and the gold contained within it. For seven years men crafted the temple, with no budget considerations and an unlimited source of building materials. This house was the most magnificent edifice ever created by any human being, before or since.
For all the beauty and greatness of Solomon’s house, however, “the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands” (Acts 7:48). To think that God would be tied down to any building, temple, denomination, or culture is ridiculous! We are not building an earthly temple for God, but a spiritual temple. God has chosen to live in human hearts, and the temple we are constructing is made of living stones (1 Peter 2:5)— believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.
Someone once told a story of three men who were working side-by-side laying brick. When asked, “What are you doing?” one answered, “Laying brick.” Another answered, “Raising a wall.” The last answered, “Building a great cathedral.”
Lord, give us spiritual vision to see that we are building the greatest temple in the universe: the Church of Jesus Christ!