The body is a masterful work of creation. It is made up of millions of cells, thousands of miles of capillaries, and organs that all function together. Man is unique in God’s creation because we are “wonderfully made” but He wants us to be the ones that carry out His will on earth in reaching others for Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity to use our bodies, which are equipped with God’s wisdom and knowledge, to proclaim life and truth in reaching others for salvation. Our temples are His sanctuary that provides opportunities for us to witness and be of service for God.
God is able to alter the course of our lives and how we treat our bodies and take care of ourselves when we attribute the value of living for Jesus Christ to our very existence. The strength and perseverance that we derive from Christ helps us to represent Him favorably and will have others see Christ in how we live our lives. We need to be faithful and courageous in our obedience to Him.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Don’t you know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you? If anyone ruins God’s sanctuary, God will ruin him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.
God wants us to respect and revere His creation, especially that where the Holy Spirit dwells within. We are called to be holy and righteous before God. We are to be strong in character and potential in our life and overcome the inconsistencies of the world and its tendencies. We are to meet these worldly challenges head on and confront them rather than shy away from them. Our responsibility to act is sometimes overshadowed by indifference or a belief that to address issues is an exercise in futility.
The challenge today that we have is how many have failed to have the respect for God and how they use their bodies–their temples. The failure to be obedient subjects the person to be turned over to a mindset that is in opposition to God, and the consequences that result from that way of thinking. A person who lives this way is operating as an agent of Satan and the flesh, and can only see the desires of the flesh in the way that they are living. Don’t believe for a moment that God is not in control of what is going on. Only God can break the stronghold of a person who desires to seek the Lord. Even in our unworthiness, He will respond to us if our hearts are sincere and provide protection and preservation.
2 Peter 2:4-10
For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment; and if He didn’t spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when He brought a flood on the world of the ungodly; and if He reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes and condemned them to ruin, making them an example to those who were going to be ungodly; and if He rescued righteous Lot, distressed by the unrestrained behavior of the immoral (for as he lived among them, that righteous man tormented himself day by day with the lawless deeds he saw and heard)–then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority.
2 Corinthians 6:16
And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? For we are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said: I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.
God wants us to be mindful of the days that we live in today, and to be holy and righteous in our living for Him and in our service for Him. There is a quiet and confident restraint as you live in obedience for God. As you worship Him, our mind and our tongue is in agreement with Him and His will. A person should see the perfection of God through you, with the power of the Holy Spirit, in your efforts to reach others for Jesus Christ.