King David requested permission from the Lord to build the first permanent place of worship for the Lord’s people. But because of David’s heavy involvement in war, and to keep from God’s House being thought of in the same context as bloodshed, he was refused permission. Instead the privilege went to his son, Solomon.
The temple Solomon built has been called “the most beautiful building ever constructed.” It would very possibly hold such a distinction even in today’s age of modern technology and architecture.
It was constructed of three primary materials—stone, cedar and gold. The stone was hewn in the quarry by 80,000craftsmen. The cedars were transported by sea from Lebanon. 30,000 men were sent from Israel to help in this operation in addition to 70,000 common laborers and 3,300 supervisors.
The main structure of the temple was stone, overlaid with cedar, overlaid with gold. Everything was covered with gold, floors, walls, ceilings, etc. It took more than 183,000 men seven years to construct. There hasn’t been a building built that could match its excellence, beauty and splendor.
But most interesting to note is that during its construction not a hammers sound or ax chop or clanging of any tool was heard on the building site itself. (1 Kings 6:7) The cedars were cut and the stone was hewn to precision before ever reaching the construction site. And then merely assembled upon arrival. It was a temple that silently took its shape piece by piece.
There is one building that exceeds the beauty of Solomon’s temple though. It is the temple in which God dwells today. Acts 17:24 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
Then where does He dwell? “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16
And just as the perfectly hewn stone, cedar and gold made the first temple so beautiful, it is the Holy Spirit and the fruit that God’s spirit grows in us that makes our life so beautiful, because this fruit is Jesus. And when they grow in us we reflect His likeness.
And these fruit are developed silently from the inside out. They are seen visibly in our life but they grow silently. The fruit of which I speak are identified in Gal 5:22-24 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
These are personality traits. Yes, your personality can be changed. Yes, these characteristics can be developed in your life if they don’t currently reside there or they can be improved upon if they are weak. Yes, no matter how challenging you see it to be, these keys to healthy relationships can be grown in the soil of your life. You can reflect the life of Jesus in your life.
Get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit produce His fruit.