“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We make sure to take good care of our homes, our cars, and all the rest of our stuff. We wash and wax our cars, install the latest software onto our phones, and upgrade our homes whenever we can. We are especially mindful to take good care of the expensive stuff. After all, we paid a lot of money for our ____________ (insert favorite possession here). But do we treat our bodies with the same respect that we show to our stuff?
In 1 Corinthians 6, the apostle Paul is answering a question from the church in Corinth. The church there was insisting that all things were lawful for them to do, since the Law of Moses did not apply to them because they weren’t Jewish. Paul actually doesn’t disagree. Instead, he takes the discussion to another level. He says that all things might be permissible, but that doesn’t make them good.
He reminds his readers that what they do to their bodies matters beyond simply what is permissible. It might be fine to eat and drink whatever we want, but our bodies weren’t made to simply consume. Our bodies are meant to honor the Lord, because they belong to him. He values our bodies highly, because he made them. That means when it comes to our bodies, our attitude shouldn’t be “What do I get to do?” but instead, “Does this honor God?”
Which mentality do you approach your body with?
We should treat our bodies with respect because God highly values them.
- Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
- What can you do this week to take better care of your body?
- How does Physical Core Day 22 tie into today's theme?