Body as Sacred

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought with a price.  Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

As a Christ-follower, I have heard numerous sermons on this verse over the years.  Almost all of them have been about one of three things:  sexual impurity, addiction or, perhaps, self-mutilation.  While I whole-heartedly agree that God doesn’t desire those three things for us or our bodies, I also believe He has so much more in mind.

What if we began a dialogue about treating our bodies as something beautiful and holy that God created?  (Which, of course, He did). What if we began to care for our bodies in kind, caring & respectful ways?  What if we thought about fueling it properly, strengthening and growing it to its fuller potential, and ensuring it received the rest that it needs?  What if we began to see our bodies as one of the most amazing gifts that God has given us and began to steward it accordingly?

I think it’s time to reclaim our bodies as something sacred.  How about you?

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Author: AHRoberts

My calling is to integrate the body back into how we worship and devote ourselves to God. God asks us to love Him with all that we are. And as integrated beings made in His likeness, that must include our bodies. Unfortunately, however, much of Christianity does not include the body in faith practices. I believe God cares about all of who we are, including how we care for and interact with these amazing bodies He gave us. A group-fitness instructor for over 27 years and a personal trainer, I also have a Masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school. My love for fitness and for Jesus have always been intertwined. My desire is to fuel a movement that brings the body back into loving God with ALL of who we are.

2 thoughts on “Body as Sacred”

  1. I agree. But it is so much more fun to pick on the problems of sexual impurity, addiction or, perhaps, self-mutilation. It is funny as a Pastor to see the faces of people when you speak about gluttony as a sin and obesity as the result. It either gets quiet or people laugh like you have to be kidding.

    I am not perfect. I do not work and I pretty much eat what I like. I was blessed with a metabolism and allows that and good health. So I cannot convict anyone else. Your point is well taken.

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  2. I love your perspective of nourishing our bodies, resting them, developing them so our body can be all that God intended it to be vs. concentrating on the negative things we need to stop doing! great perspective that’s sorely needed!

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