“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come with the greater
and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.”
A living sanctuary can be described as a person whom some quality (as grace) is infused and also a consecrated vessel given entirely for the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, a true vessel of the Lord.
It is incomprehensible that God the Creator would allow His blessed Holy Spirit to dwell in these fallen, broken and corruptible human bodies. His purposes are always far above our ability to understand; however, the Scripture explains it very clearly, GOD IS LOVE! There is only one way we can be cleansed and that is through the work of His Holy Spirit living and working moment by moment in our hearts and lives, His chosen vessels.
This work is a lifelong process from the time of our conversion until the return of Christ. This little chorus should be our daily prayer, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, and with thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary, oh, for you.” The Holy Spirit can and will do this in each of us, as we yield and surrender completely to His hand. “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
There are times that we have to endure the fire to remove sin from our hearts and this is very painful; however, much growth takes place and we are drawn closer to the heart of Jesus. It is through these experiences that we realize the work that must be accomplished to make us a true living sanctuary for our Lord. We walk daily in His all-powerful grace and we are sustained by Him and encouraged in our walk with Jesus.
His sufficiency is our only hope as we trust and humble ourselves to receive all that we have need of. That old hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” is assuring as we allow it to consume our thoughts and spirit!
“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel
for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:21