“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?