“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
This verse above is why I try to take care of myself, and why the master teaches us it is better not to look all glum and frumpy when we are penitent.
As the body is a temple, it needs upkeep, support, maintenance just like any other structure. We are temples of the spirit… so we cant overdue our diligence in that (provided we don’t make an idol out of it)
That said… the summer always makes me think of the true nature of this verse, which to me, greatly speaks to being made in the image and likeness of Almighty God. That said, there are other things that can play into respecting the temple, namely modesty and how we carry ourselves.
This doesnt just come down to what we wear (though..that’s a big part of it), but rather, how we present ourselves.
Guys and gals alike…need to ask themselves… am I presenting myself in a Godly manner? Does what I wear… or put on my body show that I keep sacred that image and likeness of God, or do I desecrate my own temple?
This doesnt mean I cant dress in a way that’s appropriate style or form for the weather, but rather… did I get an inch….and take a mile, as it were.
Does what I put on…or put into my body encourage sanctity.. or does it feed vanity .. or gluttony… or narcism??
Does my style scream…..look at me.. does what I eat…build me up? Have I embraced gluttony, and written it off as ok because I’m older… or not athletic? Have I done my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle… both spiritually…and physically?
All of these things can either build up or tear down our temple. So, something to think about as we get into swimsuit and cookout season.