- Your body is not your own.
- Jesus bought you at a high price.
- Your body is a temple.
I have heard the saying “Your body is a temple” plenty of times. I can even remember myself saying it to other people during conversation. But I am being honest when I admit that I threw that statement around lightly because I didn’t truly understand the meaning behind it until recently.
While driving in the car with my daughters’ yesterday, we all sang along together to the Chris Tomlin lyrics bumping through the speakers.
“It’s all Yours. The day and the night, the Earth and the sky, God it’s all Yours. Every breath we’re taking in, we pour out again in worship.”
It wasn’t until I finished that last line of lyrics that it hit me.
“My body is not my own.”
I know, I know, it sounds like such an irrelevant sentence, but trust me when I say that this five word statement was an important realization to me that it deserved its own blog.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “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.”
Before I go more in detail, bear with me as I jump off topic for a bit. But don’t worry– I promise it will tie in with the above scripture 🙂
Cell phones are the latest trend in today’s society. And I am sure you can agree with me when I say that it is pretty demanding. I witness plenty of people, known and unknown, who have to buy the newest cell phone * cough, cough, iPhone 8 😉 * I, myself used to be in this category for years, so I think I know what I am talking about when it comes to the following matter.
We buy these cell phones, which cost a pretty penny, and mentally vow to take care of it. We buy cases to protect from damage, baby it to avoid dropping, and we even buy insurance for it. And to add fuel to the fire, the average American spends about 7 hours a day on their cell phone! Over the course of a week, that is equal to a full-time job plus a little overtime—how ridiculous!?
What I can’t seem to wrap my mind around is the fact that we take such good care of electronics, but a lot of us don’t think twice about taking care of our health. It is sickening.
Please keep in mind; I am not trying to bash anyone in the midst of this blog. That is NOT my intention at all. I am simply trying to bring awareness to a topic that so desperately needs it.
I realize that some illnesses are inevitable regardless of good health care, so please understand that this is not the point I am trying to make.
Now, let’s jump back to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”
That scripture speaks for itself. It says that Jesus bought you at a very high price when he sacrificed himself on the cross. And when you chose to accept him as your Lord and Savior, you received the Holy Spirit (who lives in you) from God.
Knowing that God created the human body says that we are not our own. Our bodies belong to God because He is the very reason of our existence. Get it? So doesn’t it make sense to take care of the body that He entrusted us?
Our body, which is flesh, will only be present for a certain amount of time. When our time is up on Earth, the only thing that will be left is our soul. To me, (and I may be the only human on Earth to think of it this way), it’s kind of like we are only renting our bodies for a short amount of time until God calls us back home.
1 Corinthians 6:20 “…Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The last sentence of scripture, which I think is the most important of all, isn’t a suggestion, but rather a command. God did so much when he chose to send His one and only son to sacrifice his life for me and YOU. So why is it so hard for us to choose to honor God by taking care of ourselves??
Many people cry out to the Lord, asking him to reveal their purpose and his plan for their lives. But let me ask you this; are you ready for all of that? I mean, seriously? How can you fulfill God’s plan for your life if you are tired and sick all the time due to eating processed junk, refined sugar, and other greasy food that you know isn’t healthy for you?
As I stated earlier in the blog, I am not trying to bash anyone because I know a lot of people (myself included) struggle in this area. But, enough is enough. Simply put—we’ve got to do better. Not just for ourselves, but ultimately for God. He deserves glory, honor, and praise. We praise Him not just with words or songs, but by how we treat our bodies on a daily basis.
So I challenge you, my lovely reader, to mentally vow to take care of your temple. You do this by;
1. Asking God for His help because He is happy to do so.
2. Eat (mindfully) wholesome meals consisted of lean protein, vegetables, low sugar fruits, complex carbs, and plenty of water.
3. Move your body in an ENJOYABLE way. Don’t do something just because others did it and found success. Find a workout you won’t mind doing weekly—preferably something that does not feel like a chore.
And that’s literally it. I know those three steps make it sound so easy, but to tell you the truth, it’s not. Over the last several weeks, I have realized that the challenges of taking care of our bodies come from bad habits (known and unknown) we created for ourselves. It takes acceptance and help from God in order to break those unhealthy eating habits and chains of addiction.
As you continue to beat the habit, and join in on the bandwagon of taking care of your body to give glory to God, remember this; where there is a will, there is a way! Let us continue to pray for each other 🙂
Here are some other scriptures that will help you understand how valuable and precious your temple really is:
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
1 Corinthians 12:27