1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, who you have received from God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.”
I would love to break this verse down in a way that we can really dive into its truth.
To start off, let’s make sure we understand the significance of the fact that God Himself not only sent His one and only Son to show us the way to live, to die so that we might have life, and to rise from the dead so that we might also rise on the last day… but He also sent us the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit would come after Him.
He says this is John 16:13: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”
By sending the Holy Spirit, (who completes the HOLY TRINITY: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) we have access and are free to communicate with God at any moment. The Holy Spirit dwells in those who know and love the Father.
John 14:23 says, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
So with all that being said, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and around us. Our bodies are a very home and the temple for the Holy Spirit.
This changes the perspective on our bodies a bit, doesn’t it? I think of all the sin my body has caused me and recognize that my flesh is truly my weakness.
I am reminded here of the concept of training. As an athlete, I was not born into physical fitness. It has taken me my whole life to train to be the softball player I am today. My physical strength and endurance comes in large part to waking up at 5 a.m. usually five days a week for workouts only to have practice later that afternoon. But it’s not just physical training. I have to make sure I am eating healthy complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, and getting at least 7 hours of sleep to be in top-notch condition. Our bodies take work, am I right?
Let’s continue diving in to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, our passage for the week. At what price were we bought at? Jesus paid the price for our sins when He died on the Cross.
And now, what does it mean you are not your own?
I read this passage in my Beth Moore Bible Study this morning that I thought fit so perfectly to what I hoped to express in this part of the entry:
“Our lives can become flesh-and-blood felt boards of the great and glorious paradox: life is found by losing it for the sake of Christ. A vessel is filled by pouring out. They key to receiving is giving. The key to living is dying to self. The greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all. God has been right all along. His upside-down path is the only way to true contentment and satisfaction.”
We are not our own because we are in this earth temporarily for one purpose and one purpose alone: To seek to know God and be more like Him, and in doing so, we will bring Him glory.
Our passage ends: Therefore, honor God with your body.
Let us seek to honor Him. Let the actions of our body align with what we know to be true in our heart. Let us train our bodies in a way that will bring Him glory in every aspect of our lives.