Friday, August 5, 2011
Glorifying God in our Bodies
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
I am very conscientious about our church building. I feel as if I am the chief steward of the edifice God has given us in which to worship Him corporately. I don't allow things to enter which would dishonor His house. I take great strides to make sure it is clean and in good repair. A dirty, run-down church is a poor testimony.
Likewise, this body that houses our soul is the least important of the 3 parts which make up our beings. Spirit, soul and body. However, it is the part everyone else sees. It is hard for the Lord to be glorified in our bodies when our bodies are broken due to neglect, sin or abuse. We cannot allow the body to be wasted through carelessness and misuse. Once the body has fallen into disrepair, the soul and spirit are greatly hindered also.
Our enemy attacks us in many ways, but one way he can get to us is through sickness. If we constantly overeat, or if our immune systems are ineffective because we have run ourselves ragged, or if we weaken our flesh by ingesting harmful substances, we are going to suffer in our flesh. Once this takes place, the enemy has a foothold and we will fail in other areas of our constitution. Prayer, church attendance, study, visitation and soul-winning all wane once our health breaks. We find ourselves not being able to concentrate on areas of Christian discipline if we are concerning ourselves with sickness and pain.
Therefore, we should be more careful to treat our bodies, the temples of the Holy Spirit with care and respect.