1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  ESV

Some buddies and I stayed at two hostels in Colorado (where you rent a bed and share a bathroom). 

One was sparkling and immaculate, with a surplus of service, fresh sheets, towels, and a kitchen with fresh coffee and jazz. 

The other looked okay until after the first night. There was a little sign that read, “Help us save water, leave your towel on the floor or in the tub if you want a clean replacement.” I left my towel on the floor, only to find it still on the floor when I returned. 

By day three, I needed a clean towel. So I started hunting for room service only to find that all the room-cleaning staff was composed of teenage snow-boarders who received free rent for “volunteering.”

I’m thinking to myself, “Teenage ‘volunteer’ room service? Are you kidding?”  None of us got replacement towels, and I was constantly checking myself for cootie-bedbugs and creepy crawlers. 

But this experience navigated me to dwell on how I manage the room service of my heart in relation to my body being a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Like a person needs a daily shower, we need a daily fresh start.  God provides our hearts with mercy-linens of grace that are new every day to walk in a soul cleansed and completely set free. 

God gave his son for us so we can rest in his unfailing love.  Some hotels never clean their comforters, but we have the Holy Spirit who comforts and clean us. 

God’s design for the temple of our heart is not to be a hostel or to be hostile.  It’s blood-bought to accommodate the five-star luxury peace of God.