1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “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. “
Whenever I heard this scripture spoken in sermons I thought of it in the context of sexual purity, or in the case of not getting tattooed. But in the past week God has shown me a few new interpretations. I’ve not longer just isolated the body as a temple in a sexual purity sense but also emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual.
If we look at the body as a whole it is made up of the mind, a heart, the soul as in the spiritual body and the physical body itself. So in context of ‘treating it as a temple’ that would mean treating each part as sacred and holy.
We are all human beings and we all have emotions, thoughts, an ability to connect to spirituality and we thirst and hunger and everything else a working body does. All of these work together as a whole, each to their own part, but ultimately serving one purpose : they are created by the creator and to be a blessing to God and to you.
Your body is a gift and as so it should be treated properly. Nobody is given a present by someone else then turns around and throws it in the bin. The same goes for your body. We must honour and protect ourselves, look after every part of yourself and be thankful for God’s good work.
I had this analogy in my mind today as I felt dehydrated on my way to work. It’s been a busy four days straight this week and I’ve felt stressed and exhausted. My instant knee- jerk reaction to thirst is to buy something sugary and try to counteract my exhaustion with caffeine. But it is not the healthy option and it does not quench your thirst like water does.
My thoughts turned to the passage in the Bible when Jesus says “ whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” – John 4:14.
Sometimes in life we always choose the easy, less boring option of doing things our own way and making unhealthy choices in our lives that wreck havoc on our body ( mind, body, soul) We look at water (God’s teaching) as a bland choice, and are much more enticed by the colourful other choices that are presented to us in life ( alcohol, drugs, parties etc) . But instead of quenching that thirst and fulfilling us, we are left thirsty again and again, and the cycle never ends.
You guys will be glad to know I chose water today against my force of habit. I realised I needed to start literally drinking more water to restore my body to optimum health and metaphorically train myself to follow God’s teachings over what the world presents.
Maybe there are some addictions in your life you know you need to kick. God can help you with that. Maybe you know you need to get your thoughts in check, talking to someone you trust can be good for your mental health. If your generally just having a rough day and your all over the place, it’s okay to press reset and take a break.
We as Christians are called to be the example in this world, and to honor God with our bodies. Sure, we may not seem cool from society’s standards, but that’s okay! You honor God by saying ‘no’ to your boyfriend. You honor God even by choosing a salad over McDonald’s, because God sees your efforts, and he rewards you for them.
‘YOLO’ is a popular millennial Gen Y saying, and it has some truth in it, but not the way the world sees it. The lies of this world lead you to believe you only have one life to live, so you may as well party and live recklessly, right? But my understanding is that because you only have one life, you should be cautious. Eat well, exercise, and have a healthy mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state. In circles, people say it’s cool to live on the wild side, it’s what gets you noticed, it’s what makes you popular, but I call them out on that. There’s nothing cool about being self-serving in life, what is cool however is living joyfully and generously. It is being honest, loving, kind and treating others and yourself with respect. Now that’s way cool!