When Solomon was building the temple that would house the Ark of the Covenant (the living Spirit of God) he was very intentional about the materials he would use. He planned meticulously and used only the finest of materials and furnishings. These scriptures in 2 Chronicles made me stop and think about my own life and how it could apply to my attempt to find balance with food/exercise. Here are a few questions I asked myself this week:
How do I honor the temple of the Holy Spirit? Do I work on it with intention? Do I fill it only with the finest of things? Do I acknowledge that my body houses the Spirit of the Living God and treat it as such?
"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, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You see, our bodies really are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we need to treat it with respect much like Solomon did when he built the temple. Side-note: When we talk about healthy living it is not to add one more "rule" to the book of being more spiritual. Please know, it is for encouragement to live our lives to the fullest, running at an optimum so that we can fulfill the calling God has on our lives. If we are walking around sluggish, not feeling well; we are going to miss the God moments where we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to others! We want to LIVE WELL so we can be used by Him.
So, this past week I have set out a challenge for myself and now I am extending it to you. Each time I get ready to eat something I just stop and ask the question "is this the finest of things for His temple?" Let me tell you, this tiny little question has changed what I have eaten this week. Not a rule or a way to evoke guilt.....just a pause to really think before I act....to gauge my actions...is this for fuel or for my own self-indulgence.
Will you join me this week in asking the question? I hope so and we would love to hear how it goes for you!
Here's a scripture to memorize and meditate on this week:
"With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let's make a clean break from everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let's make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God." 2 Corinthians 7:1