I have been working through Paul’s letters and find myself at 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. The letter to the Corinthians could have been written to the Church of 2021. Paul has already addressed a couple of lists of problematic, troublesome, what-not-to-do things and then there’s this to-do: Glorify God with your body.
(1) My body is a gift from our Creator and was made to be a sacred space where the Holy Spirit dwells. I must treat my body as the dwelling place of God. I don’t do things with it that would cause His Holy Spirit to shy away. I keep the internal doors of my heart open for Him to have access to every part of my life.
(2) Items for sale don’t determine their price or value. It’s not even the seller who determines the value. The one who determines the true value of the item is the purchaser, the one who is willing to make an exchange. God willingly gave up His Son for me. Jesus Christ willingly exchanged His life for me. I was bought at a great price – not because of any value I believe I might have, but because I was made in the image of the Most High God and as a place for His Holy Spirit to dwell.
(3) God made me in His image and I can never repay Him for rescuing me, but I can reflect Him and His character (to the best of my ability) into the world around me. Living as He wants glorifies (honors, holds in high esteem) God while I am in this body.
The first step to glorifying God is to understand who He is. I could never fully comprehend His magnitude, I can catch glimpses of His glory, thank Him for being Who He Is, and sharing with others (being salt and light). So for the next few weeks, we will be taking a look at Who God really is, His character, and ways to glorify Him.