Then he said to them, “Levites, listen to me! Now consecrate (dedicate) yourselves and consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and get the filth [of idol worship] out of the Holy Place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the Lord our God, and they have abandoned Him and have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord, and have turned their backs [toward Him]. They have also closed the doors of the [temple] porch and put out the lamps, and they have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the Holy Place to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the Lord has been against Judah and Jerusalem, and He has made them an object of terror, of horror, and of hissing, just as you see with your own eyes. For behold, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity because of this. Now it is in my heart to make a covenant (solemn agreement) with the Lord God of Israel, so that His burning anger will turn away from us. My sons, do not be negligent and careless now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand in His presence, to attend to His service, and to be His ministers and burn incense.” – 2 Chronicles 29:5-11
To sanctify the temple, the priests were to remove all that was “unclean” from the sanctuary, all the abominations of idolatry. The New Testament tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. As God’s temple, we are to sanctify (set apart) ourselves. Through God’s help, we are to keep our hearts clean and sweep away the rubbish that sometimes collects inside of our hearts and minds. We are God’s temple created to worship Him. Let us not neglect to worship God.
Good indicator of our spiritual temperature is our eagerness to worship God.