Date: Thursday, March 6
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Verse: For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Some time ago, I heard a Christian catch-phrase which was something like, “We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.” As you might suspect if you have been reading the devotions this week, I think that misses the mark. The catch-phrase assumes we live as two different pieces – our imperfect physical self and our perfect spiritual self. This understanding of a non-material self which the physical holds back, does not come from the Bible, but rather the Greek philosopher Plato and his “Theory of Forms,” as it is sometimes called. In God’s eyes we are neither physical beings having a spiritual experience, nor spiritual beings have a physical experience. We are human beings who are created in the image of God as physical and spiritual.
In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul seems to be warning the Corinthian Christians against dividing their lives up this way. Their understanding of the divided self allowed them to rationalize sinful behavior, even being with prostitutes since, as they would have said, that only affects the body. We cannot do things that way, Paul argues. Our faith-life is to be fully integrated into our entire being.
Our freedom in Christ, does not give us carte blanche to do whatever we would like to do with our bodies. Rather we are called to give glory to God, not only with our voices, our hearts, or our spirits, but also with our bodies. We are to use our whole being in service and worship to God. Or to say it a different way, what we do with our bodies matters to God.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, teach me to glorify God with my body. Amen.
Action: Think about your body today – as you eat, exercise, work, play – and give God thanks for this tremendous gift.
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