8. Honoring God With Your Body
Sermon shared by Don Jaques
Summary: All Christians should refrain from any activity with their body that does not honor it as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Audience: General adults
18Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19Or donít you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
In order to apply this passage in our lives, letís start with the conclusion Paul makes and then work backward.
1. I am a steward of my physical body, but it belongs to the Lord. (v. 19-20)
You may think that your body belongs to you Ė but the Word says actually youíve been bought by a high price. God purchased you through the blood of his Son Jesus, and you agreed to the deal when you came to him in faith and turned your life over to His Lordship.
Because of this you have to think differently about what you do with your body.
ILLUS: When I drive my own car, I tend to take it for granted. I stop and start a bit quicker. I speed a bit more often. I do dumb things like trying to change the CD on my portable CD player while driving.
But if I drive someone elseís car my mindset changes. I donít take chances. I keep my hands on the wheel. I do everything possible to avoid having to say to the owner ďI wrecked your car.Ē
This is what we have to keep in mind about our bodies. They really arenít ours. They belong to God Ė and we are simply stewards of them, in charge of their care while we live life on this earth.
So, we must HONOR GOD WITH OUR BODIES.
TRANS: But what does this mean exactly? Well, as you just heard Paul explain in some detail, first of all it meansÖ
2. I must keep myself sexually pure. (v. 13-18)
13You say, "Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food." This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them. But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.
There were those who were making the argument that since God made our bodies with stomachs Ė we should go ahead and fill it with food. In the same manner, they argued, God made our bodies with sexual parts and sexual desires, so we should go ahead and fulfill the sexual desires God has given us.
Itís a common lie today. I talked with a fellow CTK pastor last week and he told me of a discussion he had recently with a man in his twenties who wanted to know if this pastor really thought it was POSSIBLE to date someone without being involved sexually. Maybe youíve wondered the same thing.
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