1 Corinthians 6:20
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God with your body.
My good friend Jeremy recently bleached his hair blond. It took him three attempts and two different products before he was satisfied with the result. I was skeptical at first, but after sitting beside him for about an hour at Chili’s the other night, I’ve grown accustomed to his new look. He pulled it off very well!
There are a lot of things you could do to your body if you wanted to try badly enough. Some things, like sporting a tattoo or piercing your skin, are often done on purpose. Other things, like sleep deprivation or caffeine headaches, are seldom planned out ahead of time. I wonder what you have done with your body lately.
Paul commands us to “glorify God with our bodies.” With our bodies? How could anyone possibly do that? One way to do this is to begin by meditating on what Christ did with His body for you? Paul reminds us, “You have been bought with a price.” Jesus, being fully God, chose to put on human flesh and to come live on the very earth He created. He came with one purpose: to seek out the lost and to save them. If you are a believer, you have been individually sought out by the Lord and your slavery to sin has been paid for by the blood that ran from His hands and feet. “Therefore,” Paul says, “It is absolutely imperative that your body should be used to point others back to Him.” He must receive all the glory! So how do you do this? Great question, I’m glad you asked!
Be aware of your actions today. Take notice at the way your skin crawls when another Christian asks you to pray for lunch. Recognize the pain you caused Christ the next time your mouth is used for cursing, your eyes for lusting, or your fists for fighting. Ask the Holy Spirit to provide you with a clear conscious, able to be convicted before the action takes place. Hit the offensive as well: Extend a helping hand to a fellow student in need. Visit an elderly Christian at your church and use your healthy eyes to read her the Bible for an hour. Rake the leaves for your next door neighbor, clean out his gutters, open the door for someone… the list could go on forever. Pick one right now. Commit to it as an opportunity to glorify God with your body today.