Sep 1st 2021
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Imagine living during Old Testament times. God Almighty has declared that He’s going to come and live amongst His people in a temple. This temple was made using precise dimensions, particular materials and a perfect design. On a specific day, a specific person, wearing and doing specific things in a specific way could enter the Most Holy Place – the very place of God’s presence. It was an awesome privilege.
Fast forward to the New Testament. God was coming to live inside every believer. God’s people would be that Most Holy Place.
Staggering, isn’t it? God now lives in us. We are His temple. But that means that what we do to our body matters.
In our passage from 1 Corinthians today, we read: ‘… do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body’ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Why is it that sometimes we think that how we treat our temple-bodies doesn’t matter? It really does. When we engage in sexual sin, or harm ourselves in other ways – that matters to God. That’s why we need to treat our bodies with respect, and care for them. We need to remember that we are not ‘our own’ but that we were ‘bought with a price’ – the price being the blood of Christ, shed on the cross.
If you know Jesus, then you are a holy place.
Pause and reflect: Is there any way that you are not treating your body as a holy place? Say sorry to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help you ‘glorify God in your body’. If you are struggling with any issues around this, it might help to talk with a trusted Christian leader or friend – someone who won’t condemn, but will walk with you to freedom.
Having lived in Honduras, Nepal, Belgium and Barbados, Anna has a heart for the nations. She holds degrees in neuroscience from the Universities of St. Andrews (BSc) and Cambridge (Ph.D.) and also completed five years of Postdoctoral research. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Anna enjoys writing and serving alongside her husband who is an elder in their local church. She is the author of “Connected: God’s quiet voice in a world that shouts
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