1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Before becoming a Christian my idea of God was this nebulous being out there, somewhere, in the universe, not that particularly reachable or interested in me. But in this whole chapter Paul gets very personal and brings God from being out there somewhere to right inside our very bodies as he takes the Corinthians to task over various issues happening within the church.
- But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. V11
- The body is meant for the Lord, and the Lord for the body (paraphrase v13)
- Your bodies are members of Christ himself v15
- Whoever is united with Lord is one with him in spirit v17
- Your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit v19
God is not out there as a nebulous being, as I once thought, but now that I have made Him the Lord of my life, He has come and lives within me, I am His temple now, He is personal. If we stop and think about that for just a moment, how should that transform our lives? Yes, the Holy Spirit transforms us but we make choices too. What is it that we should be more aware of choosing – doing, saying, seeing, hearing, eating, spending, as we walk through life in partnership with the Holy Spirit and being Gods’ very temple, where He lives?
Lord, I know I forget this fact too often, that I am your temple, that I am one with you. Forgive me. The world would have me think that my body and all that I do is all about me. But it’s not, my life and body is all about you. Continue to transform me Holy Spirit to be fully one with you and a temple for your glory.
Written by Suzie Hodgson