My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, November 9, 2012
Yes, it does matter!
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I
then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a
prostitute? May it never be!
(1 Corinthians 6:15 NASB)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who
is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
(1 Corinthians 6:19 NASB)
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:20 NASB)
Throughout the centuries there has been talk which has almost created a division between
the body and the soul. Within the church we still talk about it
sometimes without realizing what we're doing. We talk about "saving
souls" or we wonder how someone's "soul" is when we're talking about
their spiritual life. Paul was saying that you can't separate the body
from the soul or spirit. They are knit together as one and when we are
united with Christ, then what we do in the flesh has a direct impact on
Christ. That is why Paul says that we are to glorify God in our body.
I'm afraid that the church has not always taken this too seriously.
Yes, it really does matter what we do with our bodies. Oh, we have
certainly held out that we don't drink or smoke or do drugs, but what else do we do?
In this case Paul is talking about someone sleeping with a prostitute.
While we may say that we don't do that, how many Christian young
people today are sleeping together before marriage? How acceptable is
that becoming? Yes -- it really does matter! It's not just about our
"soul" spiritually, but about our whole bodies and how we treat them.
God intended for marriage and sex to be a sacred thing, shared by two
individuals in a marriage relationship. So, yes, if we are doing what
everyone else is doing, sorry -- but it's not what God intends for us to
be doing. It is wrong, and yes, it does matter!
I have a terrible temptation to eat too much. It is a battle that I
face nearly each and every single day and some days I do not win that
battle! However, I know that when I put the wrong things into my body I
feel bad. I don't have energy and I can literally be in a bad mood.
So why do I do it? Often it's because I don't go to God for the help
and/or comfort that I need and I seek it out elsewhere. So, yes, it
does matter that I'm supposed to take good care of this body that God
has given me. It is a part of my spiritual journey. I am supposed to
eat right and get exercise, it is a spiritual discipline. Because my
spirit/soul is not separate from this body that I have been given for
this journey. The physical body that I have is a part of who I am and
Paul understood this and therefore told his people that they were to
glorify God in their bodies.
What a challenge to us today to realize that we are created to
glorify him; that every aspect of who we are exists to glorify him. To
realize that even the things we may not like about ourselves, he does,
and so we need to take those things and allow him to sanctify and fill
them so that they may give glory to Christ, just as he intended. So,
what I eat today, what I wear today, what I do with my body today, does
it matter? Yes -- it matters and God will use it to make a difference
in this world.
Lord, please help me be sensitive to giving you "all" of me on a daily basis. Amen.