|Julie Lebrun by Vigee-Lebrun (Wikimedia Commons).|
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh,” (Rom 13:14).
The witch in “Snow White” spent a lot of time in front of her mirror, asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” She built her self-image on her attractiveness. Today’s culture takes up this chant, unrelenting in its insistence that beauty and sexual attractiveness are all that matters. How easily these surface values can become our way of life.
God created our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, sacramentals of procreation and means of holiness. They are fearfully and wonderfully made yet often desecrated by sin or used to tempt others. God meant for us to enjoy our bodies and our sexuality in a holy way. He reveals himself to us through the beauty of our own bodies.
As a temple of the Holy Spirit, there are places I can’t go, movies I can’t see, fashions I can’t wear because they dishonor the human body, and therefore Christ’s body. Good stewardship of my body involves keeping it healthy and strong, and dressing attractively, yet modestly. I am to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh,”< (Rom 13:14).
God created our bodies to translate his invisible spirit into readable terms. We dress in harmony with our inner tabernacle and thus attract others to the Lord, not to ourselves. We decorate our body temple with the same reverence we apply in our churches to inspire worship, not of the temple, but of the God within the temple.
We can love God with our whole being by honoring his will for our body. We can choose to use our body temple to become one body, one spirit with Jesus and not to satisfy a temporary demand of our body, whether it be adultery or gluttony. Yes, with his grace, we can choose to give our body what it needs and not obey our fleeting compulsions. We can choose to glorify God with our body.
God sees your true image reflection of his life unfolding in your body, mind, and spirit. When you look in the mirror he wants you to see him in yourself. Then you can mirror his character to the world from within your body. He wants you to brightly shine his reflection until the day you see him face to face. He meant for your body to belong entirely to him so that you will become more like him in every way possible.
How do you mirror God’s character with your body?
Do you see a glimpse of God when you look in the mirror?
Copyright 2014 Nancy Ward. Nancy blogs at JOY Alive in our hearts.