By Allen White
Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
My friend, Lance Witt, posted on twitter, “Your body is God’s temple, not His mega-church.” Ouch! I have certainly allowed for more “capacity” than the Spirit needs.
Before we start down the laundry list of what we shouldn’t smoke or drink or chew, we can find two greater principles in this passage. First of all, “You are not your own; you were bought with a price.” Believers do not belong to themselves. We belong to God. We cannot do whatever we want to do with our bodies without consequences. In fact, the Bible tells us, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires” Romans 6:12 (NIV).
The second principle is that we are to honor God with our bodies. Paul goes on in Romans 6:13 to say, “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness” (NIV).
Are you honoring or dishonoring God with your body? What things do you need to start doing to honor God with your body? What things do you need to stop doing? What accountability do you need to change?
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