I will start with the question I posted in the title. This question was inspired by the Billy Graham devotional I completed this morning. Have you ever lost Jesus in the Temple? Many of you know the story where Mary and Joseph "lost" Jesus. Parents had trouble keeping track of their children even back then. When they found Him, He was in the Temple studying God's word. In essence, they lost Jesus, "in the Temple".
We seem to lose Jesus in the temple on a regular basis. Have you ever sat in a Sunday service so distracted that you have no idea what the message was about? Have you ever left the house on the way to church angry about what happened at home that morning and you just can't get it out of your head? Have you ever been a church volunteer that had a disagreement with a fellow volunteer and vented (gossiped) to another member of your church? Have you ever criticized your church leadership, but then never offered any solutions or help in making things better? You see, we have all lost Jesus in the temple at one time or another.
We each need to learn that we need to spend time in His Word and get to know Him more deeply. We need to learn to wait on Him and hear His answers to our prayers. We need to learn to pray to Him with praise and thanksgiving and then rely on Him to fulfill our needs and requests. We need to learn that we are His temple. We need to fill ourselves with our Lord and Savior so that we never lose Him. If we have a heart that is forgiving and we are constantly striving to keep our eye on Jesus, we will never lost Him. Let us not make, going to temple (church) be about anything except a way to get closer to Christ.
You see, when Mary and Joseph found Jesus sitting in the temple, He was surprised. He basically asked them, where else would I be but in my Father's house? What a simple question and solution. He was soaking in the presence of the Lord. He wasn't lost in the temple, He was found.
So I ask you, are you going to lose Jesus in the temple or are you going to be the temple that he lives in and shines through?