What Does It Mean to Honor God with Your Body?


Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)

I’m sure you’re very familiar with the phrase “your body is a temple.” It’s referenced often and maybe you’re even sick of hearing it.

But I’d like you to stick around for a bit because I want to unpack this verse. Will you walk through it with me?

The first part of 1 Corinthians 6:19 says: “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.”

A temple is a sacred place where God resides. It’s a holy space; a sanctuary.

Have you thought of your body in that way before? As a sacred, holy place? Not only did our Creator gift us our uniquely made bodies, but He also gave us the powerful gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. It continues: “You do not belong to yourself.” It can be so easy to forget that God is such an intimate part of us. We are His children. Yes, He’s given us authority and dominion, but we should not be so careless to settle into a self-indulgent lifestyle. That’s not our purpose.

Verse 20 says “God bought you with a high price.” We have direct access to God, but it came at the price of His Son swallowing our sin on the cross. When I allow that truth to resonate within me, I can’t help but desire to do exactly what the end of verse 20 commands of us. To “honor God with your body.”

These verses also give me hope. The inevitable is bound to happen. Our bodies at some point or another will fail us in some way. Hope, because I know God is living in me. Nothing that happens to me will ever come as a surprise to Him. Hope, because it is the God within me that I will trust to help me navigate the terrain of an unhealthy body and overcome those challenges in His mighty name.

The point isn’t to aim for perfection, but rather for our actions to bring glory to God (to acknowledge His greatness, to honor & praise God rather than ourselves.) You’re not always going to hit the mark, so give yourself some grace every now and then. Practice the pause before making any decision to ask yourself how you can best bring God glory. Whether it be what you’re eating, seeing, or doing, let’s become more aware.

In Mark 12:30, Jesus tells us "And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength."

It can seem like an overwhelming task to successfully accomplish. But we at Lane of Roses are here to serve. The next couple of days, the devotionals will focus on this very theme found in Mark 12:30. Let’s dive deeper together and challenge ourselves to make healthy shifts in our bodies and lives to honor our Father.

Reflection

1. In what ways have you honored God with your body?

2. What are 3 new habits you can create to help honor God with your body?

Prayer

Father God, Thank You for creating me in Your image. Thank You for the miraculous gift of life You’ve created me for. Lord, please help me to bring You glory and honor. May my thoughts, words, and actions glorify Your Name above all else. Thank You for the Holy Spirit dwelling in me and for the Scriptures, for they are tools to guide me closer to You. With shouts of praise to You my King, I say Amen!

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