We are HIS! Not our Own
The Body is the Lord’s
If you borrowed something from your neighbor how would you treat it? Would you disrespect it? Damage it? Alter it? Neglect it? Sit it in a corner to collect dust?
I am sure the answer is, No.
You would treat it better than you treat your own things with the intention of returning it to your neighbor in the same shape you received it.
Why do we treat things that we don’t own better than we treat things we own?
The Body is not our own
Have you ever considered that your body is Not your own?
It is a gift from God that will be given back to Him one day. Will you be returning your body in better shape than you received it?
Ecclesiastes 12:7 “and the dust returns to the ground from which it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
God gave you this body on a temporary basis but He expects it back. You were bought and redeemed by Jesus but my know means is your body your own.
“ You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
That aha moment for me was a breakthrough in my weight loss journey and a catalyst for how I live my life. The moment I realized that I have been bought and paid by Jesus and I am to worship and praise Him with my body was the moment I decided my body was worthy to be treated well.
Who I surround myself with, what I consume through food, what I listened, watched my social media feed and how I spent my time.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
I realized that my body isn’t my own but a temple of the Holy Spirit. Meaning I need to act like it. I needed to treat it as if I had to give it back one day. In order to honor my body and glorify God, I needed to give my body spiritual, emotional and physical fuel.
I began to honor my temple spiritually spending intimate daily time with God. That was the first change that I made in honoring my temple. Then I began committing to prayer my desires. Changing my mindset from feeding my body to fueling my body with what it needs. I began moving my body more than I let it sit idle. Honoring my temple also included separating myself from people who brought me down and began to be a light to others to show God’s grace.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
The Body is not the worlds
The world will tell you differently. That you're living your body for yourself. That you must look your best to be your best and that it is vanity to want to take care of yourself. Vain endeavors often lead to short pursuits.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say-but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything but I won’t be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
Be steadfast in Christ
It’s hard work to live for Christ but that’s is where we must come to Him in our weakness. Good news you are given one body to honor but you are also given a great God to help you. Whatever the path to you honoring your temple seek Him first in all that you do for guidance. Take care of the gift you were given. We prioritize WHAT and WHO is IMPORTANT to us and WHEN it is important.
So, I have a few questions?
Will you be returning your body to God better than you received?
What and who are you putting first that is keeping you from honoring your temple?
How can we pray for you to help you change it?
Changing your intentions from you to His glory is a great start.
Thank you, Lord for this gift of my body! I realize that you expect it back one day. Lead me to the steps to return it better than I received. Place the information, resources and people in my life that I need to encourage me to do better. Be with me through temptation and guide me along my way. I want to worship and praise you with my temple. Thank you, Lord for your daily grace and mercy every day.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
De Bolton - CTC Influencer
De is a self-described quirky wife and mom of three girls. Over the last four years she has adopted a healthy lifestyle through an 85 pound weight loss journey. She earned her degree in Fitness and Exercise Science and became a personal trainer. De shares healthy lifestyle tips through workouts, healthy eating guidelines, recipes and informative lifestyle tips. Her faith fuels her life at www.FaithfueledMoms.com.