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12th January 2023


Honouring God with our bodies

We honour the Lord through the worship & witness that springs forth from our lives.
This takes place through the spiritual temples that are our bodies.
Temples are revered, sacred & holy places. We respect them, look after them, attend to them & treat them well.
This is exactly how we are to treat our bodies if we are to honour the Lord through them.
We must get our bodies into shape & we must maintain them in a fit & healthy state.


Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2


Your body is the Lord’s temple & you must tend it well!!!
Not everything we do with our bodies is helpful or necessary (1 Corinthians 6:12-18).
Our bodies need constant disciplining (1 Corinthians 9:27) so that they remain in a fit & functioning spiritual sate.
We have freedom ‘In Christ’ but it is never a case of just anything goes!!
We discipline the body so that it does not disqualify us. SELAH.

Caring for & attending to the temple that is our body, soul & spirt are essential if we are to truly honour the Lord.
Just like any temple building needs physical care & attention, so do our bodies.
We need to look after them. Paying attention to the state & shape of our body, soul & spirit.
We must seek & find a healthy balance of work, rest & play.
Eating healthily, sleeping well, working sensibly & exercising regularly.
Watching over our every attitude, appetite, ambition & action.
It takes constant attention & it takes constant effort. You are the one responsible for that.
Our bodies were bought at a great cost, they belong to the Lord, & we must look after them well to keep honouring Him.

We are to daily present our bodies as sacrifices for continuing service to God.
Conforming our lives to Scripture’s instruction & the Spirit’s inspiration.
Renewing our minds & changing our thinking in response to the Lord’s truth & revelation.
Hearts, minds & bodies agreed & aligned in their pursuit of the Lord & His will, word & ways.
Pay careful attention to the temple that is your body & you will honour & glorify the Lord.
Attend to the temple that is your body so that it can worship & witness for the Lord appropriately. Hallelujah!!


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I disciplining my body?
  • What am I doing to pay adequate attention the condition of my body, soul & spirit?
  • Meditate upon what it means to attend to & care for the temple that is our body.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the gift of my body, with it’s wonderful & differing elements & parts,
Help me to worship You daily & witness for You regularly through it.
Jesus thank you that You sacrificed Your body for my salvation,
Give me grace & strength to keep wholly & closely following after You.
Holy Spirit help me to be attentive & disciplined in caring for the needs of my body, soul & spirit,
So that I may truly honour & glorify your great & holy Name.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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