1 Corinthians 6:20
Do you know that you can serve God by honoring your body? Honoring your body means that you respect it. True, this particular section of scripture deals with sexual immorality; but a careful reading reveals so much more. Paul says, “Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial” (vs. 12). Then he goes on to write about food and says, “I will not be mastered by anything.”
We are all three parts: spiritual, emotional, and physical. Some of us are very spiritual and try to live holy lives. Some of us are emotionally well-balanced—leading stable lives. But we don’t always think of caring for our body as part of God’s mandate of holiness. We need to get proper rest, eat nutritious food, and exercise. Verse 19 of the same chapter asks us to consider, “Did you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” Can you imagine if you owned a million dollar race horse? Would you feed it candy bars? Yet, how much more valuable are you to God and still we continue to consume large quantities of junk food. Paul says everything is permissible. Sure you can eat candy, drink sodas by the case. But is that food beneficial? Are you mastered by your appetite for food?
Your body is the temple of the Most High God. You live in it. God does also. Would it change the way you feed your body if you thought you were feeding God? Would you bring burgers and fries into the temple, or bring the very best you could afford? If you are not feeling well, you might not need a miracle. You just might need a life-style change. Remember this: It is easier to maintain your health, then to regain it. Make taking care of your body temple a priority!! Honor God with your body.
Prayer: Lord, free me from my addiction to unhealthy food.
In the daily struggle together,