When we are aware that the living God is living inside of us, we can then understand that our very bodies are to be a living sacrifice unto Him. God lives inside of us, so we have the duty to present ourselves as holy. You are His temple.
The topic of holiness is not something we like to talk about nor think about. We can easily reflect on what Jesus did on the cross, but why is it so hard for us to examine our own walk with God? God tells us many times in the Bible that we have the duty to be holy and walk purely before Him.
1 Peter 1:14-17 says, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’ Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.”
Jesus came to redeem and purify us from our sins and to empower us to walk in righteousness. His blood will always wash us clean when we sin, but sin shouldn’t be habitual to those who love Jesus. 1 John 3:6 says, “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”
In the first 2 years of my walk with God, I wasn’t living completely pure before God.
I would have slip-ups and fall into sexual sin with my boyfriend at the time. I did not see Jesus rightly nor have the revelation that my body was the temple that hosted His presence.
God recently showed me the severity of this sin. I was led to 1 Cor. 6:15 which says, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!” As I read this verse, I realized how bad sexual sin was. Giving our bodies to sexual sin is us forcing Jesus to unite with darkness because our bodies are one with Jesus.
Jesus is pure and holy. He cannot partake of darkness. It was the most disgusting reality that hit me of what I did in my past that led me to repent again for truly understanding how dark that was.
Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit dwells in us—our bodies are His temple (1 Cor. 6:19). We were made to glorify God. We can only live satisfied when we live the life we were created to live, which is to glorify God. This is why sexual sin never satisfies but instead leaves us empty and wanting more.
Jesus came to set us free from the condemnation of sin. He came to call us out from the darkness into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). Our true worship to God is therefore to be a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1).
How can you better steward your body to honor Jesus who lives in you? Are there thoughts or actions that you need to dismiss?
2 Cor. 7:1 reminds us to “purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
Jesus came to set us free from sin. We now have the duty to keep our thoughts, words, and actions pure before Him. What an honor it is to carry the presence of God and steward our lives. This not only honors God but also gives us life to the fullest here on earth and for eternity. So remember, you are His temple.
Prayer: Jesus, I devote my whole mind, body, spirit, and soul unto you. You deserve all the glory and praise. I surrender every part of my life to you.