Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him.
For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Do you ever have those moments when you almost have to shake your head at how God makes it so simple for you to know the direction and plan He has for you? I feel like I have these moments frequently! God gave me the word simple to focus on this year. I’ve broken down the word to help me meet some goals to grow in Christ. Study. Implement. Memorize. Purpose. Love. Empower. The first thing I have been led to study is what the Bible says about a temple. The first Monday of the year, during staff prayer and devotion time, Pastor Matthew asked us to seek something God is calling us to change in our lives, and to set goals to measure our accomplishments and for accountability. During that prayer time, God kept leading me to
1 Corinthians 3:16. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” That is when I knew what He was calling me to change in my life, and that this would be my first scripture to memorize this year. If I want to grow in Christ by studying His Word, committing it to memory, knowing my purpose, and showing His love to others, then I have to care for the “temple” that will house those things. My physical self. I need to be the healthiest me to be able to effectively implement the calling God has placed on my life.
There are three things that affect my physical:
- Physical health. We are designed to be active. Our bodies are in need of proper exercise and eating habits. This will look different for each person, but our physical bodies tell us if what we are doing (or not doing) is working.
- Mental health. Our mental health will affect how we deal with life. It can impact our physical health and our spiritual health, and it is therefore important to understand how to care for our minds. We have to exercise our minds by memorizing scripture and spending daily time in the written Word. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
- Spiritual health. God is a relational God. If we don’t spend time in communication with Him, it is impossible for us to ever be able to let His Holy Spirit flow from us.
They all depend on each other, so I can truly be the physical self God designed me to be. Over the years, I have been consistent with keeping up my mental and spiritual health, but not so much with physical health. I would make small goals, but not make new ones once I met those goals. I’m realizing this year will be as simple as getting my physical, mental, and spiritual health to align. God has clearly given me the steps to get there and has given me confirmation through my surroundings. One of the things that Pastor Matthew has said many times is, “Delayed obedience is still disobedience.” What is something that God is clearly calling you to, making you shake your head, that you just haven’t implemented into your life? I encourage to take that step. I’m positive the blessing from obedience is far more rewarding than you can imagine!