My Body

Background Story: The Apostle Paul wrote the 1 and 2 Corinthians as letters to the church at Corinth.

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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.

Big Idea: Jesus is Lord over our bodies!

When I get up in the morning and look in the mirror, my first thought is NOT, “wow, look at that temple.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 says my body is a temple, a house or home in which the Holy Spirit dwells. As I go about my day, looking in the mirror, feeding and dressing this body, and making decisions on how I will use this body, the Holy Spirit is right there with me.

This passage goes on to say that, “You are not your own;  you were bought at a price.” Jesus paid the price for our sin, shame, and eternal separation from God with His own body when He was nailed to the cross.

“He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’ For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:24-25

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Jesus paid the price taking our punishment on His shoulders. Living under the Lordship of Jesus, we daily surrender every part of ourselves including our bodies. How does this reality affect the mirror, the feeding, the dressing, and the decisions?

We are called to, “honor God with your bodies” (V20). The reality of the cross changes EVERYTHING. Whether we struggle with body image, food/ eating issues, sexual sin, vaping, or any action or thought related to our bodies…Jesus is to be Lord of it all! Today, surrender everything including your bodies to God’s service as a temple for Him to use today for His glory. Let’s pray… Lord, today in You, may I live, and move and have my being (Acts 17:28).

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