The gym calls our name. We struggle within at the grocery store, as we choose the fresh produce over the Oreos. Our alarm clock goes off much earlier than it should, in order to get the "workout" in today. We obsess over what goes in our mouth - whether too much or too little. Every time we pass a mirror, or a window, we slow down a bit and check out the reflection. Self-talk begins.
Let's stop for a minute. What, exactly, is this thing we call our body? We all have one, but what is its purpose?
When I look to the Book that contains our "owner's manual", I begin to see more clearly what we were created to be. I Corinthians 3:16-17 says:
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."
That is pretty sobering... for all of us. If we believe in Jesus and have given our lives to Him, our body is not our own. It has become His dwelling place.
Let's think about a physical church or temple. The structure must be maintained and taken care of, but the people who go there to worship should not worship the structure itself. It is a place for worship to take place and for people to draw near to God. Jesus is the focal point, not the building.
Our bodies house the Spirit of God. We need to make sure we maintain the temple and take care of it, but we should not allow our body to become our god. This can happen by caring too much for our bodies and spending too much time at the gym and focusing on every bite that goes into our mouth. It can also happen by not caring enough for our bodies and practicing very little discipline and self-control and putting every morsel into our mouths that appears in front of us. Balance is so important.
Join me today to reflect over our temple management skills. If you struggle with finding balance, start with a prayer to Jesus, asking Him for strength and guidance as you begin making changes. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength - that includes taking care of His temple.