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)
How often do we profess to believe in God, attend church and even pray, yet ignore the harm we are doing to our bodies? Our physical homes need scrubbing, vacuuming and polishing. They need to be aired out and kept from becoming too hot or too cold.
But what of our physical bodies? God does not live in our kitchens and bathrooms; He lives within each of us. So, what kind of home are we making for God with the bodies he has given us? Are we keeping it healthy and clean and strong? Are we nourishing it, refreshing it, exercising it and keeping it pleasing to God?
Too often, regardless of how strong our faith is, we let our bodies become overweight. We smoke and drink, drawing carcinogens into our lungs and threatening our livers. We sit when we should move, we drive when we could walk, and, in more extreme cases, we even harm our bodies with drug abuse, anorexia or bulimia.
In our verse from I Corinthians, Paul writes that God’s spirit dwells in your body, and that each of us must keep our bodies holy. This is the polar opposite of moralizing: If you keep your body holy, God’s Spirit will dwell in it. Think about this a moment. God is already there, within each of us. Should we not clean our houses for His perfect comfort and residence?
Our verse ends by saying that we were bought for a price. This metaphor is the purchasing or ransoming of a slave or captive. The result is that the Christian has been freed, but is free to serve a new master. Paul’s inference from Christian freedom is the exact antithesis of the belief: I am free to do anything. Life is to be God-centered, rather than self-centered.
Lord, help us to glorify your holy presence with bodies that are temples of the spirit. Your son, our Lord and Savior, paid the price so that we might all be free. Grant that we have the vision to use this freedom to serve your holy ways and to ever glorify God with our bodies.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.
Columbia Prayer Chain: Wednesday, December 26
In our prayers: Eddie Bolton, Myrna, Esther, Pam James, Becca, Doug and Sharon, Shandra Dickenson, John Kelchner, Jeannie, Elizabeth Matthews, Nedrick Griffin, Jennifer Handy, Nancy Stuckey, Annemarie Sullivan, Rachel and Randy Wurtzbaugh, Patty Peckham, Denise Byrd, Caralynn, Greg and Lisa Steele, Dean Timothy Jones, Linda Langford, Marty Fritz, Harriet Hancock, Tommy and Robby Palmer, Patty and Ted Mac Laughlin, Janet Long, Bobby Wilson, Debbie and Pat Barry, Betty Jo Sullivan, Mary Francis Harris, Patrick and Patricia Barry, Jordan Hill, Doris Clevenger, Charles Sigel, Joe Reno, Bob Davis, John Whatley, Nancy Zuckerman, Charles Davis Sr., Elaine and Sharon, Bill Carter, Betty Peavy Frick, Joye Cantrell, Fred and Gail, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Jerry Callahan, Norman Masters
Our thoughts are prayers are especially with all whose lives were touched by the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and the volunteer firefighters and their families in Webster, New York.
In memoriam: Morris Kelly Bond, Michael “Mike” Bryan Caulder, Patricia Miller, Elizabeth Austin Paterek, Bruna Robertson Arnold, Ron Hastings, Vernell Fields Taylor, Henry Phillip Wessinger
Our prayers are with: the elderly, the homeless, all currently fighting illness, all beloved pets, our president and congress, our police officers and firefighters, all who serve in the armed forces
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