Two verses rolling around in my head concern our bodies. Christ followers often major on the spiritual side of our lives – our minds and how they’re relating to others and to God.
That’s good, but it’s not the whole picture.
Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself…
How do we give our bodies as sacrifices? One way is to present it to God in a form that honors God. If we’re sloppy with our bodies, they may not honor God. So exercise, get the sleep you need and eat right.
Those of us who live on the internet think nothing of stretching our minds. That’s necessary to compete in today’s world. But how often do we think of stretching our bodies?
Remember that our bodies do not belong to us. If someone lends you their car, you would probably treat it better than your own. Since our bodies are on temporary loan from God, let’s treat them well.
Two people who are an inspiration to me in this are Allison and Rich. Allison started Team OneVerse, a group whose runs benefit Bible translation. And Rich is riding his bicycle 1,500 miles to benefit kids in developing parts of the world.
What amazing ways to really put some meaning into presenting your body as a sacrifice to God!
(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday)