Care for the body as God’s temple

Date: Saturday, April 20

Scripture1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Verse: Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

I admire world-class athletes we read about from time to time, who have never tasted fast food, never had a drop of soda, and who burn thousands of calories per day in vigorous exercise. The discipline they have in caring for their bodies is remarkable. Sometimes it is a bit odd to hear them talk about their bodies as a tool they need to continue to perform at the highest levels, but they know the value of caring for their bodies. If they don’t, they may lose their careers prematurely.

We may not be world-class athletes, but we too have been given the gift of our bodies. Many of us, though, have a love-hate relationship with our bodies. There is some part we don’t like, we wish we could change, we know limits us. Often we are much quicker to notice the flaw rather than the gift.

Your body is more than a vehicle for the “real us.” They are part of who we are. As we invite Jesus to live in us, we become a temple, a place where the presence of God dwells. We need to be good stewards of the temple we have been given – caring for our bodies by seeking proper nutrition, exercise, getting regular checkups from our doctors, and more.

Prayer: Thank you God for the gift of my body. Help me to accept it, even as I work to maintain it. Amen.

Action: Spend some time looking in a mirror, noticing and thanking God for what is right about your body. Oh, and check out the video below, and let me know what you think in the comment section.

Respond: Does viewing your body as a temple alter your normal thinking? Why or why not? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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