“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 NIV
Sometimes we get so caught up with being everything to everyone and we forget about ourselves. Although many can identify with this, the effects are not the same for everyone. Some have spouses, parents, friends, children, etc. that look out for their wellbeing by putting thought and care for that mission filled person as priority. Others may not have not have the privilege of someone that’s looking out for their best interest, so they become more depleted than others.
Jesus had not just one but 12 disciples. Each looking out for the Lord, whether genuine or not. As followers of Christ we must acknowledge the value of the body (the church) and the significance of each part. Being anointed or called or tasked with a purpose should not negate our connection to the body/church. The Bible teaches us that we are our brother’s keeper.
Being about God’s business, and without someone in our presence to say, let’s eat, here’s some water, take 5 min to rest, etc., we will find that we neglect self care.
Yes, there are many times during the test that you will have to go it alone and only because of the strength of God we did not faint in our depleted state. Likewise there are many times when God requires our alone time for prayer and relationship, even on a daily basis. This should not be confused with the importance of the body/church and our dependency to lean on each part/member operating within their function.
Our physical bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit which resides within. And just as we pay attention to our spiritual fruit we also need to pay attention to our physical fruit or signs that our bodies give us to indicate a need. If we pay attention to our physical fruit as well as give it the nurture and care that it requires to function at it’s fullest, then we are fulfilling scripture by honoring God with our bodies.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2 NIV
We are his Workmanship.