“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”
// 1 Corinthians 16:9
I believe the Christian is called to honor the physical body God has entrusted to him or her. God has empowered us to impact the world positively, by bringing heaven to earth; by renewing society by His power through our various spheres of influence. What an honor that God would entrust such an important task, with eternal ramifications, to you and I!
It is within and through these jars of clay, these earthen vessels – our bodies – that God does His work here on earth. His power is made perfect in our weakness – this never ceases to amaze me. One of our tasks is therefore to look after our vessel!
Jesus worked hard, played hard, and rested hard! He understood that his earthly body needed rest.
When I was a teenager, I was given my first car. I knew how to clean the car and put gas in the tank. For a few months this arrangement worked really well: it got me from A to B and I loved the freedom it gave me. After a few months, my dad asked me how the car was going and warned that I should check the oil and water levels in the engine. I brushed it off and assumed my routine, thinking that washing the car and filling the tank was all that was required. Sure enough, one day my car didn’t quite sound right, and it began to overheat. I’d thought things were just fine, but I wasn’t looking after the internal unseen aspects of the car – the engine!
As Christians, we can be so focused on our ‘spiritual’ lives, but it’s important that we don’t neglect our physical bodies, our health, our temple. If we are not taking a day to rest our bodies or eating a balanced diet, then we should make adjustments to treat our temple in the way it should be treated. A city like NYC never stops and we have to fight for ‘rest’. If Jesus made nourishment and rest a priority, then so should we!
// Georgie Kelsey