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  • Writer's pictureTerry Miller

Whose Body Is It?


Have you given your body to God? I know for many reading this, they would say that they have given their life to Jesus. Others have not taken that step. There is nothing like it. God has so much life for us at every turn. He shines a light in every dark place we travel through. He is the biggest proponent of a great life for each of us. Why not give your life to Him right now? I propose that when we give God our life, that includes our body.


13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13–14 (NIV84)

God has made us so wonderous! From how we digest food to extract nutrition to how the blood circulates and carries that nutrition, and from our ability to control our movements to how we process our environment, we are amazing! My question and challenge is; is there a way to live in which we do all within our power to keep our body amazing? If our bodies are indeed God's, as clearly stated in the word, then we must steward our bodies to the best of our abilities.


19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV84)

What if we truly gave our bodies to God? What if we sacrificed what sounds good, feels good, looks good, or is emotionally satisfying to live how God wants us to live? I'll tell you what will happen! Life! Remarkable life! Just like your marriage, finances, or any other area of life. God would have our cooperation in bringing the maximum amount of life to our bodies in every way. In addition to that, our desires would begin to change just like they do in other areas of life. Suddenly or over time, we would not desire to stay up late doing or watching stupid stuff or desiring to eat things that God didn't come close to making. Our cravings would change. As we commit our way to the way of Jesus, we begin to change on the inside. It takes much less discipline when your desires align with God's desires. Can you see the life that is promised?


23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23–24 (NIV84)

The Psalmist is asking God to search him, test him, examine him, and see what is in his heart. Specifically, He asks God to uncover any anxious or offensive way in him. The word translated offensive here is in the Hebrew ʿāṣab. It is both physical pain and mental sorrow. In other words, it encompasses life's physical, mental, and emotional parts. Will you ask God to search you about your body and how you live? This comprises how and what you eat, how and how much you move, how you rest, sleep and rejuvenate, and how you manage your stress and schedule. The last phrase, "lead me in the way everlasting" is the most inspiring part of these verses. The Psalmist asks God to guide him down a road that will keep him around for a long time compared to a short time and lead him toward eternity. This is so thrilling because God wants the best for you! He wants you to live a good long life on this earth and eternity with Him. That is where He will lead you if you let Him. Don't be afraid to give Him your body. He loves it more than you do and will show you how to steward perhaps one of our greatest earthly resources.

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