Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
~ ROMANS 6:13 [NLT]
God’s Tool, God’s Temple
When it comes to our bodies, the Bible declares that we don’t own them. “You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 CEV). Use your body to indulge your passions? To grab attention? To express your opinions? No. Use your body to honor God. “Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13 NLT). Your body is God’s instrument, intended for his work and for his glory. . . .
What work is more important than God’s? Doesn’t it stand to reason that God’s tools should be maintained? . . .
Maintain God’s instrument. Feed it. Rest it. When he needs a sturdy implement—a servant who is rested enough to serve, fueled enough to work, alert enough to think—let him find one in you. He uses you. . . .
Your body, God’s tool. Maintain it.
Your body, God’s temple. Respect it.
“God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20 MSG).
Manage God’s house in such a way that passersby stop and notice. “Who lives in that house?” they will ask. And when they hear the answer, God will be honored.
~ IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
Heavenly Father, our bodies belong to you; they do not belong to us. We are your children, and we want to use our bodies as tools to honor you. Help us to be faithful to care for our bodies with proper food and rest and exercise. Teach us how to be good stewards of the bodies you created for us. Forgive us when we do not take care of what really belongs to you. May we be faithful to maintain and respect our bodies in a way that brings honor and glory to you, amen.
I discipline my body and bring it into subjection.
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27
Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
~ ROMANS 8:6