“Or 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
The biblical description of Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings 6 details careful craftsmanship and exquisite beauty for the place of God’s holy Presence and worship. “Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this [temple] that I have built! Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant, that your eyes may be open night and day toward this [temple], the place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there.’” In 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses sexual immorality, which I expand into any gluttony of the flesh and idolatry of the body, by getting to the bottom line: Your body is God’s temple; you are not your own. In other words, the Lord has intricately designed and beautifully made you, and your life cost Him His; therefore, honor Him, not yourself!
If I am merely a steward of my body, if God’s Holy Spirit lives in me, if Jesus paid the ultimate price with His crucifixion for my sake, how can I not be deliberate in exalting God with my body? With any decision for food or drink, for activity or inactivity, for self-pampering or serving others, for how I use my tongue, or eyes, or time, am I filtering it through the fact that I am a custodian, and my body is the dwelling of the Holy God? And all I am and present and do should glorify Him?
“God be in my hands, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking.” ~19th Century
“Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.” ~Frances Havergal 1874
So be it, Amen.