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Daily Devotional: Tuesday, December 20 - Your Body Is A Temple

“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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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Temples are places of worship. Throughout history people have attempted to create glorious resting places for the gods they choose to commemorate and celebrate. The Egyptians had the pyramids and the Greeks had their glorious temples.

Our spiritual ancestors also created places of worship. When the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, they set up a tent where the Spirit of God dwelt with His people. Then Solomon built the great temple that housed the presence and worship of God for many generations. Although it was torn down and rebuilt, the activity was consistent.

For Old Testament Jews and the people who intersected the ministry of Jesus in the first century, it was clear that worship was confined to a place. But then Jesus happened. One of the key messages of the Messiah was that worship would not be confined but released. The Holy Spirit would no longer dwell in a place, but within people.

We are “God’s temple,” and because of this we must be aware of what we feed it and how we use it, and make sure we’re taking care of the temple we’re given so we can fulfill God’s Kingdom work assigned to each of us. Eating well, exercising and sleeping are all components of honoring our body as a temple of God.

True health is not about looking a certain way, but honoring, stewarding and caring for our bodies the way we would take care of God’s house — because it is.

— Reza Zadeh, Denver Broncos chaplain

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