“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself” – 1 Cor 6:19 (NIV).
Almost all of us know when something is yours and of value you take good care of it. Among cattle keepers one of their most precious possessions, a cow, is given maximum attention. There are art collectors in the world who pay prime prices to acquire art works that they keep in safe custody because they know they will appreciate in value. A local Luganda saying goes, “Ekye’beeyi kya’ beeyi!” Loosely translated, “what is of value is of value!”
Now one of the most valued object anyone can think of is our bodies. Of course the importance of any body is quickly grasped when any falls sick. Most of us will go at great lengths to treat our bodies back to full health.
It is in this regard that anyone of us does well to look after his body well. It is lack of good stewardship when something that has been given to you and of value you treat it carelessly. “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).
Unfortunately very often we treat our bodies carelessly. This we see, when among others, we deny our bodies of the right nutrition or at the very opposite, feed ourselves carelessly all manner of excess, like addictive drugs and intoxicating beverages, which ultimately ruin our health. When one fails to exercise his body it is starved of the power to remain vital. Failing to practice good hygiene by living shabbily invites in all manner of disease. In brief we are being bad stewards.
To treat our bodies right is to honor God. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20). When we treat our bodies right then we glorify the God who created us. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of creation, you have given me a beautiful body, which is your image, and so I pray to give it proper care, watching what I eat, exercise regularly, practice good hygiene, take proper rest, to live joyfully in abundant health and be all the more effective in serving you.