Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
People tend to go to two extremes with their body. Some people don’t think their body is as important as God does. Other people think their body is more important than God does. Whichever group we happen to be in, I want us to see our body in a completely different way than maybe we ever have before.
How you see your body will determine how you treat your body. Whether you ignore your body, adore your body, or abhor your body is not a physical issue, but a spiritual issue. So, over the next couple of days, we’re going to learn that living healthy is part of living holy, and we’re going to look at the words of Paul to see how we can live a healthy and holy life.
The first thing we need to realize is that as believers, we should do what is holy with our body. There is a reason why our body is called “a temple.” In the Bible, the temple was a place of worship. That means your body, if you are a follower of Jesus, is a place of worship. Since the Holy Spirit lives in our temple 24 hours a day, every waking moment of our body is to be a place where God is worshipped and honored.
Since my body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives, then it stands to reason that I am to do whatever is holy with my body. When you live otherwise, you make up your mind that you never subject your body to anything that might be unholy.
Tomorrow we are going to look at two other things we need to do to live a healthy and holy life. But for now, I would challenge you to think about whether or not you are doing what is holy with your body. If you are, may God continue to bless those decisions and healthy habits. But if not, I hope you’ll spend some time and prayer and ask the Lord to refocus your mind and your heart on doing only holy things with your body so that you might honor Him and take care of the temple He has given you.
Dear Lord, thank you for this reminder from Paul in today’s key Scripture that my body is a temple. It is your dwelling place, and therefore I want to take good care of it. Help me to live in a way that I am only doing holy things with my body and am honoring you with my body every single day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Topics: Healthy Living