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Wednesday: Day of Prayerful Devotion

20 June 2012

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Praise the Lord! To start off this series of prayerful Wednesday blog posts, I skimmed through some NIV daily bible verse websites. This verse from 1st Corinthians was the first one to catch my eye likely because I've been mediating a lot on health and wellness. 

God commissions us to treat our bodies as His temple. How would you prepare your home if you knew that God was visiting? You and I would clean for weeks making sure that everything is in its proper place. The meal would be meticulously planned with utmost care and detail. So too should we care for our bodies for as the verse above states that our bodies are a temple for God's Holy Spirit to dwell within us. 

How can we accomplish this? Well first, we can start examining what we put in our bodies. God's plan for us and our Christian walk is all about discipline. There are countless examples of God teaching us discipline. In Proverbs verse 12 God tells us that "whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid." Further, 2 Timothy 1:7 states "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline." This self-discipline extends to how we treat our bodies. Remember the mother-phrase "junk in, junk out?" Well the best way for us to honor God through how we treat our bodies is to eat right and get some exercise. Incorporation of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, nuts and whole grains into our diets in modest proportions can make a world of difference in how our bodies operate. Pair a healthy diet with at least 30 minutes of exercise daily and then we're in business! Don't forget to attend to our minds. Through sleep, meditation and a vacation here and there can help us stay refreshed too. 

The second part of this verse is the most compelling. "You are not your own; you were bought with a price." How does that make you feel? It makes me want to take care of myself that much more. My soul is just borrowing this shell of a body and through Jesus' death I can one day be reunited with the Lord in heaven. Therefore, I should make the most of my time here on earth by glorifying God with all that I have. Including my body. 

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