Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Key verse: (19) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
Reflection: God made human bodies and our bodies are amazing! Did you know that your blood circulates inside your body each day traveling as far as it would take to cross the Pacific Ocean? Did you realize that you breathe 12-16 breaths a minute while resting, without even thinking about it? Did you ever learn about your hypothalamus, regulating your body temperature within a degree or two of 98.6 when you are healthy?
Paul wrote the Corinthians and reminded them that their bodies belonged to God. God created our bodies, God loves our bodies, and God calls us to take care of our bodies. Apparently in Corinth, some believers thought that our bodies weren’t important to God and so they could do whatever they wanted with their bodies. They chose to visit prostitutes, an accepted choice in their society. If we are “free” in Christ, then can’t we just do what we want to do?
Paul says “no” and calls the Corinthians to remember that their bodies belong to God. Bodies are gifts given to us. We respond with thanksgiving (bodies are amazing!) and our thanksgiving leads us to care for our bodies. God cares about your blood pressure, your cholesterol numbers, and your BMI (if you don’t know what that means, look it up!). God cares about how we use and abuse our bodies. God cares about our body image and our failure sometimes to love ourselves as we were created to be. God cares about how our bodies interact with others in loving and respectful ways that honor their creator. Give thanks to God for your body, for the miracles that make it possible for you to read these very words! And commit yourself to respond with thanksgiving in action.
Prayer: Heavenly Creator, thank you for the miracle of my body. Thank you for the wisdom you give to health professionals who care for me. Enable me to honor you with the choices that I make and empower me to serve you with all of my strength. Through Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].