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All of Our Being

by on May 30, 2013

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 at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I recently reinstated an exercise program back into my life routine. As the years and miles go by, I am amazed at how difficult it is to bounce back after an injury from activity or general attrition. I find that when my body feels good, it affects my mood, my clarity of thought, and even my spiritual walk. When Jesus speaks to one of the teachers of the Law in Mark chapter 12, his response to the the question of which commandment is the most important is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” The interconnectivity of our emotions, spirit, mind, and body for worship is shown. God does not want devotion from part of our lives only, but from our whole lives. So, getting myself back into shape is really an exercise in all-round health.

When Paul addresses the Corinthians with the verse we have selected for this week’s memory verse, he is reminding them of the all-round health principle with specific examples and application. The freedom in Christ we now have from not being under the Law, but under grace is not a license to sin, as Paul mentions also in Romans 6:12-14. What we do with our bodies can be an act of worship. What we do to our bodies can be an act of worship. What we put into our bodies can affect our ability for worship. The idea, here is Christocentricity, rather than egocentricity. What we do with, to, and for our bodies is to be in response to the gift that God has given us of these bodies.

Furthermore, Paul reminds us through the Corinthians that our whole being was purchased through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Not part of our being, but all of our being. We are now carriers of the Holy Spirit, with Whom we are indwelt from the moment we first believe. We carry the Spirit of Jesus with us wherever we go.

Where do you need to get back into shape?

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