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Tending Your Temple
By Sandy Muran, PhD
God has blessed us with a miraculously designed body intended to be the temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells.
Hundreds of every day choices impact our body and the wellbeing of the Holy Spirit’s temple. We choose its style and appearance, products used for cleanliness and beauty, activities for health, and especially the foods required as fuel for energy and nutrients for vitality.
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians describes our body as a temple: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19a, NIV)
Paul goes on to remind us in verses 19 and 20 that our body does not belong to us, but is a gift: “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a, NIV). We are all created by God and therefore, belong to Him. God then sacrificed his son, Jesus, so we could be forgiven of distancing ourselves from our Creator and restore an intimate relationship with God.
Paul then closes with an instruction: “Therefore honor God with your bodies” (I Corinthians 6:20b, NIV).
Several times a day we fuel our body with the food we eat. The food we choose is the most important factor in the health of the temple. What better way to honor our body then to choose the foods designed by God? Rich in nutrients, colorful as the rainbow, delicious to the tongue and perfect in their whole and natural state.
The best effort of the food industry never improves on the original design. Although convenient for our busy lives, the advertised “enhanced,” “enriched,” and “improved” foods diminish the value and vitality found in the natural design.
Each day we can begin to honor the temple by exchanging a whole fresh food in place of a packaged food we would normally eat. One choice at a time multiplies until we have an ideal plate of two-thirds vegetables and one-third protein, with fruit as a treat. Eating foods designed by God honors the health of our body and the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Bombarded and distracted by sound bites and fantastic food claims, it is difficult to hear the promised fruits of the Holy Spirit. As we honor our body with natural foods, we honor the temple where the Holy Spirit dwells and can experience the fruits of this relationship. Galations 5:22 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (NIV).
When giving thanks for your meal, be mindful of tending your temple by feeding your body with the foods that will honor the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Find out more about Sandy and how to take care of your body at: http://www.wellbelly.net