Thursday, December 28th, 2017
Beginnings (Part 13)
Your New Body
Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)
I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)
Everybody loves a makeover: the remodeling or restoration of something old into something new. It's a Hollywood focus: stars dressed to kill in clothes styled to thrill; faces painted to pop in ads that make us shop; bodies shaped to win, but showing too much skin.
On one hand, these re-do's seem so superficial... temporarily pleasing, but eternally pointless. On the other hand, I can't forget the transfiguration of Jesus: 'His Face changed' (Luke 9:29). It 'Shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light' (Matthew 17:2).
Did our King get a makeover, or was it a great reveal? Surely the latter. Even so, I keep thinking... What if every Christian was physically transformed? What if we disciplined our bodies and got fit? What if our faces became radiant, our clothes cool, and our smiles big?
What if we all, 'Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory' (2 Corinthians 3:18). Imagine the amazement of our friends and colleagues. Undoubtedly, they would ask, 'How did you do it?' Humbly, we would answer, 'By the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Inevitably, they would beg for details. Kindly, we would give them, and say in conclusion: 'We did our best, but God did the rest. Makeovers are His specialty.'
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are part of God's great reveal. Do your best to make your exterior match your interior. Because inside you is the Spirit of God. Imagine His beauty. So if your body has become tarnished by lack of care, polish it. Love it like Jerusalem's priests loved Solomon's Temple.
Because you are God's new priests, and your bodies--His new temples.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beginnings series. To read similar devotions, please see the All Things New series.