Honor God With Your Body – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 CSB

In the extended passage that these verses are a part of Paul has been addressing sexual immorality. But his concluding argument against sexual immorality has much broader application for believers. Think about your activities over the past week. Consider your plans for the week ahead. If Jesus was hanging out with you in person, how much of last weeks activities might have changed. And how much might your plans for the coming week change?

That is really the heart of Paul’s argument here. The Holy Spirit is in us. Everywhere I go, he goes. Everything I say, he hears. I do not just take him to church with me. I also take him along with me to work and to social outings. He is with me when I am curled up watching TV and eating ice cream. He is an ever present companion. You might argue that the Holy Spirit is different than Jesus, because I could see Jesus and talk with him if he were hanging out with me. And while that is true, it should not make any difference in how I live my life. In either case, God is present with me.

I have been bought by the blood of Jesus. I am not longer my own person. I belong to God and his Spirit indwells me. So I should seek to honor and glorify God in everything I do. Not out of obligation, but out of gratitude. Honor God with your body.


Do Others See Jesus In You – Romans 2:24

For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. – Romans 2:24 CSB

Romans 2:17-24 was written specifically to Jews who believed they had a special position before God, but failed to live up to his expectations for them. In fact, they were no better than the peoples around them. Because they claimed to represent God, other people ended up judging God based on their actions, and God was not considered worthy of honor, and was actually spoken against.

While Paul was speaking about Jews in the first century, I believe it has application to Christians in the twenty-first century as well. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard unbelievers use the lives of Christians as an excuse for disbelieving in God. Oftentimes our lives reflect so poorly on him that we turn people away; they are not interested in the God that we reflect. How much better if the words of this hymn were true of our lives.

While passing thro’ this world of sin, And others your life shall view, be clean and pure without, within, Let others see Jesus in you.
Your life’s a book before their eyes, They’re reading it thro’ and thro’, say, does it point them to the skies, Do others see Jesus in you?
Let others see Jesus in you, Let others see Jesus in you. Keep telling the story, be faithful and true, Let others see Jesus in you.