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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My body is a temple!

Today I'm reading 1 Corinthians 3:11-17.

"Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely. You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple."

Yeah, in case you've wondered, I've been working out. Saw my fitness coach today and she put me through my paces. I killed the agility ladder!! And the supine birddog. 

Unfortunately, this passage has nothing to do with physical fitness. The passages in Corinthians about the believer's body being the temple of God have been more recently co-opted by the physical fitness movement couple with New Age thinking that believes that each person is divine in and of themselves. And therefore taking care of one's body (exercise, nutrition, etc) are an expression of your inner divinity. Well, I am all for people being fit and healthy. I try to be, but that's still not what this passage is about. 

It's about recognizing that God actually takes residence in your through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The foundation of this new life is the person of Jesus Christ. We build on him through our moral choices. Through the way we treat people. Through the decisions we make and the life we lead. That could include our health and fitness, but it is so much more than that. The Corinthians were  compromising their faith in so many ways: through false teaching and doctrine, through sexual immorality, through divisions and internal bickering, and on and on. They needed to rebuild their understanding of who Jesus was and what it meant to live for him in their very pagan world. 

How's your construction going? God is present in you. Don't use cheap materials. You are worth more than that.


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