Day 4: Glorify God With Your Body
Having successfully refuted the foolishness of the Corinthians, Paul concludes this section of his letter by saying, “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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The first people who heard this letter being read in public would have quickly recognized three key points Paul makes here.
First, God lives within you! The Corinthians would’ve grown up in a culture in which many gods were worshiped and the myths and legends about them would’ve been well known. But Christianity didn’t just believe in one all powerful God. Christianity acknowledged that the Spirit of God lives within all who follow Jesus.
Second, you were bought at a price! Paul was sure to note that the God who chose to live within His people did so at a huge cost to Himself: Jesus’ death on the cross.
Finally, honor God with your bodies! God is within you, and paid a huge cost to do so. As such, honor Him with your actions. As you read today, consider this: What are 3 steps you will take to honor God with your body over the next week? Month? Year?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13, & 6:12-20
How would you explain what it means to honor God with your body to a friend?
What are 3 steps you will take to honor God with your body over the next week? Month? Year?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Jeremiah 1:1-3:5
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, as this week is nearly at a close, I simply want to use this opportunity to thank You for the truths communicated in these Scripture passages. These passages are as challenging to be lived out now as they were to those who first read them. Nevertheless, they are full of irrefutable wisdom, and I am very grateful that I live in a country in which I can read, study, meditate on, and pray about the wisdom You have provided. May the joy I have about Your Word continue to become apparent to all I interact with on a regular basis. I thank You for all You are, all You’ve done, and all You’ll continue to do in and through me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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