This verse has been resounding in my head the past couple of days
“Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)”
It’s one of those verses, we’ve heard a lot, we’ve read a lot but how many of us really internalize what that actually means? How often do we treat our bodies like we know the holy spirit is in us? I know there’s a couple of times i’ve done really stupid things and i found myself doing the whole. “i’m sorry” but soon afterwards proceeding like it was nothing.
The holy spirit, lives in us!
Inside us, our thoughts, our actions, every thing about us He sees, He feels. That’s big! But, what does that really mean to us? Is just about doing the right thing?
It dawned on me during my quiet moments that it’s really not just about my thought or the basic do unto others or other characteristics of Christianity. It’s about everything. Every single thing about me affects Him. My body is His! It’s not just about sex, and immorality. We have this way of summarizing verses and making it what we want it to be instead of reading it for what it is. The verse says, “honor God with your body”. I’ve run that verse over and over in my head and what came to mind was Matthew 21:12, where Jesus drives out the buyers and sellers at the temple. He was angry that the temple was defiled. A building built for prayer. How much more value are we? We are home to The Holy Spirit. Yet we defile ourselves. We dishonor God’s temple.
We dishonor Him by our lack of self control, doing whatever little thing that our eye lusts for without minding the end result. Yet we know that the Holy Spirit can easily grant us self control if we ask for it. We dishonor Him by our lack of discipline, our inability to master our bodies. Not taking care of ourselves as we should. From our eating habits to our lifestyle choices, if it causes harm to the body then it harms Him. Everything about us matters, we are here for a purpose and He expects us to take care of ourselves and have enough respect for ourselves and our bodies in order represent Him well. We are expected to always be self aware, to remember who we are and to remain pure. Without that we really can’t be differentiated from others.
Be mindful what you let in the temple. Your thoughts, your emotions, what you see, what you hear, what you eat(and how you eat), it all matters. Keep yourself healthy, mind body, and soul. Because, Our bodies are our worship
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)