“Don’t you know 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)
This coming Sunday at brunch, I am excited to ask my kids how they think we honor God as a family. I anticipate hearing responses like: we go to church, we pray, we love God, etc. Then I intend to ask them how we could honor God more as a family. I hope to get answers like: argue less, love each other more, be more generous, etc. We will see!
In this passage of scripture, God is asking us to honor Him with our bodies. Yes, the specific context of the passage is in regard to sexual immorality. And you might say, “hey … I’m good there, so that box is checked! Move on.” But I don’t think that’s all there is to it. I don’t think honoring God with our bodies stops at sexual morality. Paul wrote this letter to the Christians in the city of Corinth — a city where sexual immorality was rampant. In other words, Paul wrote about sexual immorality because that was the most prevalent sin against the body in the city to which Paul wrote the letter.
What might Paul see as the most prevalent sin against the body in our era? What might Paul see as the most prevalent sin against the temple of the Holy Spirit in America? In your town? In your home? In our overindulgent society, I think there might be several ….
So let me ask you — how could you honor God with your body? You are not your own. You were bought with a high price. How could you honor Him more?