Bought With a Price

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬)

Now that school is out and summer is at it's peak, junk food, abnormal sleeping hours and late night thoughts are consuming the mind's of most teens across the country - including mine...immensely. Lately, my meals have consisted of chips and chocolate. My sleeping schedule has been so all over the map, and my body clock is so off kilter. As teenagers, all-nighters and unhealthy treats are no surprise. But as fun as it is and as silly as it sounds, are these things really healthy for our relationship with God? And do we care more about "doing the teeange thing" than we do doing what is best for the Lord?

As I have gotten myself caught up in this relentless pursuit of unhealthy habits for myself, God has had me thinking about the true importance of taking care of yourself and your body, both mentally and physically - not for worldly purposes but for purposes of cherishing the temple that the Holy Spirit dwells in.

Ladies, our bodies are fragile and sacred - they are to be treated that way by us because we are not our own. We have value and worth, that is found in Christ. Because this value is placed in Him, it is FOR Him that we should exalt our bodies and well-being. Once we give our lives to the Lord, His Spirit dwells in us. It is up to us the kind of environment we create for His Spirit to live in.

When we make an effort to provide the Holy Spirit with a healthy and rich environment, our relationship with the Father will flourish and grow beyond what we could ever imagine. Jesus tells us multiple times not to worry about what we wear, what we eat - and we shouldn't. Once we become distracted by everyday things, our eyes turn away from the Lord and we get caught up in things that just don't matter.

But how we live our lives and the way we take care of ourselves does play a role in our connection with the Holy Spirit. In the verse above from 1 Corithians, it says we were "bought with a price." Who we were created to be and the fresh spirit we were given are not to be taken for granted - they are to be taken with serious caution and care. They are to be handled carefully and used for a greater purpose than just eating those salty potato chips.

We are to glorify God in all we do, that includes how we eat, dress and deal with our bodies. To glorify Him means to do things that are pleasing and honoring of and for Him. Is the way you eat healthy and beneficial to the Lord's Spirit in you? Are your everyday habits healthy for you and God? Or are they unhealthy and being accepted because they are pleasing to our flesh?

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Ask God to move His Spirit within you to lead a healthy life that will benefit both you and Him.

Lord, I pray that You help me to break unhealthy habits and create healthy ones that will glorify You and Your splendor.

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