by Melody Hernandez

“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 Cor 6:19

            We live in a day and age where media, entertainment or sometimes even our peers seem to have an opinion on what the perfect body is.  Paleo this, Atkins that, I also heard of a strange diet consisting of Cayenne pepper and lemon water (ummmm no thank you!).  The world has gone to extremes to try and crack the code of what it means to have the ideal body.  This is an area that the world clearly needs the light of Christ, not only to provide clarity on what an “ideal” body is, but also the why behind why we strive to look a certain way.

            Did you know that our body is a temple?  It is this beautiful, intricate, perfectly designed entity that God has chosen to house his spirit. His HOLY spirit. This fact is absolutely mind blowing.  In the Old Testament people fought wars over where God would house his presence.  People spent years shedding blood, sweat and tears to make the tabernacle of God as perfect as they could!  Yet God, in his wisdom, chose to make his home in us through Jesus.  He found a way to make us righteous before him regardless of what we have done. He made a way for us to be holy, so that he could put his holy spirit in us!  

            When you meditate on what a privilege it is to be his temple, it becomes easier to make healthy choices.  You begin to want to take care of yourself.  Who would want to put garbage in a temple? We work out so that our temple can be strong and endure!  Our focus is to be vibrant and able to glorify God in everything! This is the real reason why sister needs to work out and make healthy choices. Sister, you are a holy temple that houses the spirit of God. You were beautifully and wonderfully made for him to make his home in you.