Devotional: Respect for God’s Temple
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . .
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
Some years ago God spoke to me through this passage about the marvel of the physical body—my own body, in particular. The body is a divine masterpiece, planned ages in advance, made of materials formed in the secret depths of the earth and knit together in the womb by the Creator’s invisible hand. I became concerned that I treat this masterpiece of my body with the care and honour due to it; that I maintain it in the best possible condition to fulﬁl its God-appointed function.
Again and again throughout history, men have sought to construct a building to accommodate God. They have lavished time, labour and wealth upon it. At best, however, such a building can serve as a place to offer worship, never as God’s dwelling. “The Most High does not live in houses made by men” (Acts 7:48). God has a different plan.
At the beginning of human history, He fashioned a temple for Himself with His own hands: the body of man. Then He worked out the plan of redemption by which that body, sanctiﬁed by faith in Christ’s sacriﬁce, could be offered back to Him to be a temple of His Holy Spirit. “Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 honour God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6 :19–20).
Help me, Lord, to maintain the temple of my body in a condition that honours You.
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