Do You Need a Temple Renovation?
What is a healthy temple? Are you in need of a temple renovation? Is your temple up and running the best it can?
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
This verse reminds me that my body is a temple–a temple where the Holy Spirit dwells. Do I treat this temple with respect? Do I treat this temple as if I believe that I have the Holy Spirit dwelling within me? What does my temple health look like to others?
My temple is not very impressive right now; it is overweight and functioning on arthritic limbs—antiinflammatories are a must. I eat an overabundance of sweets, carbs and many other unhealthy fuel choices that make me feel about as energetic as a slug. My brain is foggy and slow, my concentration is sketchy, and my motivation is sorely lacking. How can I do my best serving Him feeling this way?
I love the Lord and have committed myself to serving God with more enthusiasm and vigor. When he leads me to do something, I want to be able to respond with energy and stamina. In order to be more energetic and enthusiastic, I realize it is going to require some renovations to my “temple.”
I have broken my temple renovation into three different focus areas: spiritual foundation, healthy weight and physical stamina.
- Spiritual Foundation – I will strengthen and build up the foundation of my temple. This will require Bible study and prayer, reflection, obedience and action. It will also take time.
- Healthy Weight – I will need to focus on reaching a healthy weight. This will require portion control, conscious effort and making healthy food choices. I may need to count calories, choose a healthy eating plan to follow, and weigh myself regularly. Weight isn’t the only goal in being healthier; however, it is an easy measurement tool to show me if I am moving in a successful direction or not.
- Physical Stamina – Everything I “enjoy” doing requires inactivity: writing, reading, sewing, etc. This does not require a lot of physical effort. Exercise will need to be incorporated into my daily routine if I am to build up my physical strength.
I am looking forward to this temple improvement with hope and enthusiasm. I know that at times it will not be easy. At times, it will be discouraging and downright hard. But I will focus on the goal, which is to respect the temple in which God has chosen for the Holy Spirit to dwell. I want to treat it with respect. I want to appreciate it while I am able. I want it to be available to serve God to the best of my ability.
Let the renovations begin!
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31