As I sat here this morning, spending some much-needed time with Jesus, I ran across a verse in 1 Corinthians that made me stop and think for a second. “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body”. In the verses preceding, Paul had just reminded us that our bodies were the temple of the Holy Spirit; that we are not our own, but God’s. The idea is quite profound. I mean if we really think about it, if we really believe that our body has become the temple of God’s Spirit, wouldn’t we treat our bodies very differently? Would we neglect our physical health if we understood that it is God who lives in us, that our body is His home? Think about the temple back in the time of Jesus, back when Paul was writing this letter. It was one of the most magnificent buildings in the world. The utmost care was taken in every detail of the building, maintaining, and functioning of the place. People were drawn to it from all over the world. Not only was the incredible exterior noteworthy, it drew people in because God Himself resided there.
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty of sin and broke open the door for the Spirit of God to reside in us. Paul encourages us that we have now become the temple. I was challenged this morning to examine myself as the temple. Do I take care of myself physically in such a way that people are drawn to my health? Do I eat in a way that provides strength? Do I dress in a way that brings honor to His dwelling place? Do I pray in a way that the Spirit of God permeates through me? Imagine if believers started treating their bodies with the care that was taken in maintaining the temple. Imagine if we truly “glorified God in our bodies”… people around the world would be drawn to the beauty, the health, the Spirit that emanates from us.