God is particular about the temple. Even if it is just a "tent of meeting" there are many details to be attended to. He gives specific instructions about the garb of the priests and the furnishings of the tent. Why is that?
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. - Exodus 25:8 (KJV)
A sanctuary is not just a place. It is a holy place, set apart. For the people of Moses, the tent of meeting was that place.
For the Christian, however, that sanctuary is to be his heart. We have been promised that God will dwell with us. But he won't dwell in a hovel or a pigsty.
So how do we furnish this new tabernacle for the Lord?
We begin with an attitude of gratitude, being mindful of all the God has done for us. We move to obedience to His promptings as our response to His grace and generosity. And we end with a close fellowship with Him.
In the interim, we clean house of all that would be offensive. We turn our backs on temptation. We squelch the spirit of envy or jealousy. We follow, to the best of our ability, the rules that came down from the mount. And we keep them locked into the very center of our of our hearts as the key to all that we do, or say, or think.
Help us to clean house. Shine the light of your word into the dark places of our hearts so that we may see our offenses and rid ourselves of them. Help us to make a sanctuary in our hearts for You.
In Jesus' most precious name.