Be Nice to Your Body
You may not know it to look at you. All you can see sometimes are the things you don’t like—the extra weight you’re carrying around your middle, the gray that’s starting to pepper your temples and sideburns, the hair that’s rubbed off your legs from wearing dress slacks all day.
But the Bible has this to say about you: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
Me? A temple?
Yep. As a believer in Jesus Christ, your heart has now become a place of residence for the Spirit of God. That makes your body a sanctuary, a special piece of construction designed to be treated with the same kind of care and decorum you exercise when you’re at church. So for the same reason you don’t scarf down nachos during worship service or wear your lawn-mowing clothes to Sunday school, you should treat your physical body with respect, honor, and a real sense of worth.
So before you go littering it up with another junk-food lunch or refusing to take it out for a walk, remember that this marvelous specimen of God-created equipment is not a thing to be taken lightly. Let’s see some respect here. And pretty soon, you might even see less of those things you don’t like.
Pray this prayer: God, I used to think that all you really wanted of me were spiritual things. But I want to be your man head-to-toe. Keep me encouraged to keep myself in good working order.
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