So, I asked the world how they think we glorify God in our bodies. As of this moment – while writing this – there are no responses. And it may be, if the Christians in this country deeply considered this question – lots of lives would have to change. Most have never given it much thought. Or, they see the answer as being morally superb. A strict law keeper. A hard task master. And most of all… a very unpleasant, and absolute “bore” of a person to be around.
So again, the question. How do we glorify God in our bodies? And you know, it is a command. 1st Cor. 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Let’s look at that passage in 1st Corinthians. It is in chapter 6:12-20. If you ever wonder if how you eat and take care of yourself glorifies God.
12All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
Man what a tall order. And that should be what we want. I will not be mastered by anything. I struggle with food. I always want. It’s the truth. And it is hard to say no when I want something sweet. Or even more salad. I can still stretch my stomach back out. There’ll be more space to fill, causing my body to want food more often.
13Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.
Look at that word “but.” But God will do away with both of them. What is he referring to in the words “both of them”? The stomach and food. And it is right after the word food. And in the next sentence he says that the body is “not for immorality, but for the Lord.” It belongs to Him.
14Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.
And now that we know the body belongs to the Lord, the Lord is going to “right now” — see the first word “Now” — change our bodies. And I believe, as simple and as natural as not being gluttonous, and the change in our bodies because of it — physically changes our shape (we lose weight) resulting in glorifying God. Glory means “known”. Glorify means “to make known”. How do we make God known with and through our bodies? We can talk. We can help. But, if you are heavy and lose that weight, people are going to ask you how you did it. And when they do you tell them you did it to be more like Christ and all that it means to you; you are making Him known.
15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!
Using the word “prostitute” he is impressing on the reader that this is a morality issue. People rarely see over eating as a sin, but they will see prostitution as a sin. He’s informing the reader: this is about morality. He expertly leads into prostitution. It was more than likely a question that was asked in a letter that Paul is answering with this epistle.
16Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.”
17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Wow. What you do to your body, you do to the Lord. Now to wrap it all up. He has coupled eating and the stomach with the immorality of prostitution. Putting things into our body and vice versa. We do this to ourselves and in doing so we sin against our own bodies.
These last verses speak for themselves.
18Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Glorify God in your body today. I was posting back and forth with someone that gave his answer to the question: How do we glorify God in our bodies? And it made me think of this verse. I’ll leave you with this.
How dark the gold has become,
How the pure gold has changed!
The sacred stones are poured out at the corner of every street.
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