Reflection One: Our Bodies
by Nate Rath
1 Cor. 6:19,20: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
God has given us a temple and we need to take care of it, inside and out. Fitness is essential, but notice that there is a reason behind staying fit. It is not strictly for ourselves, but is for God and is an offering back to Him. It is for honoring the temple that He has given us. The body is the temple of God and like everything that He has given us, we need to be good stewards of it. We are physical representations of Him here on Earth. To neglect our bodies is not an option, but must be taken care of! Understand, this does not mean that we need to be the best shaped person on the planet, but we are to strive to at least live a healthy and fit life so that we are ready to carry out God’s plan for our lives.
As the verse states, our bodies are His. Respect it. Offer it back to Him. We are not to look for self gain or have vanity, but use our bodies and be good stewards so that God can continue to shine through us as we stay healthy and fit. Remember, we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26,27) and our bodies should be a workmanship reflecting Him.
To be honest, for most people it is hard work to stay disciplined, but God calls us to be men and women of discipline. Whether it is reading our Bibles and praying daily or staying focused and exercising several times a week, we have to be disciplined to accomplish it. We are not always going to want to do these things, but we do them anyway regardless of how we feel in the moment! We have to keep focused knowing that they will produce growth and maturity.
1 Cor 9:24-27 describes this discipline well. The word “discipline” used in verse 27 means literally “put in subjection or beat black and blue”. This specific word is only used here once in the Bible. We need this self-control and denial to stay focused and disciplined to be the man or woman that God desires. We have to subject everything else to match and align with our purpose! Put our fleshly desires aside for the spiritual well being is hard but must be done. Most of society teaches us to be in subjection to earthly body desires, much like the Corinthian church in the context of these verses, but let it not be with us. Our society tells us to indulge yourself, live reckless, sleep around, get drunk, do drugs, and the list goes on. But all these are not beneficial to our temples. Society lies and these ultimately leave us dissatisfied. Don’t let these things control you, but put the desires of your body in subjection under you. This is contrary to what society tells us, but God tells us differently because He desires better for us!
Be different… Be disciplined… Make a Difference!!!
Being healthy and fit is a mark of maturity. Be grateful for your life and your body that God has given to you. Don’t let it go to waste, but instead USE IT for HIS GLORY!