Can you imagine how incredibly beautiful Solomon's temple was? Everything about it was done with excellence. It was ornate and expensive, because it represented the one true God. Solomon did not want any person wondering if His God was the Almighty so he built something that was worthy of His Heavenly Father. The Bible tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore, we, too, must strive for excellence in all that we do as God's people. Our lives should shine Jesus in every way, because He lives inside of us and loves us more than any other person in this world. People should never question Who we belong to, or Who is Lord and Master of our lives. It should be just as obvious as Solomon's temple. No one wondered who that temple was built for or who dwelt in it. As you begin to think about 2019, what goals need to be set and what plans need to be made to help you be an even better temple than you currently are? I am what I am because of Jesus, but I am what I am not because of my own flesh and sinful nature. As God teaches me more about how He wants me to live, I must surrender fully to His plan and strive to live in complete obedience to Him. Solomon wanted his temple to be the best that it could, and that should be our goal as we enter a New Year.

Help me, Lord, to make goals and prioritize my life to the point that people know Who I live for and Who lives inside of me. Help me to strive for excellence in everything that I do with a goal of bringing glory and honor to Your Name.