“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” Romans 12:1 MSG
It’s easy to view the physical parts of life as unspiritual, but nothing could be further from the truth. Scripture holds a high view of the body and says that what we do with it is how we worship God.
One of the earliest heresies in the Church claimed that matter was evil, and so it didn’t really matter what you did with your body. Many Christians today seem to have a “toss-away” theology of the body – not far from Gnosticism – thinking that somehow only their prayers, beliefs, religious activities, and souls are truly spiritual.
But when we die, we won’t be spirits floating around heaven. We’ll have real, resurrected bodies, like the one Jesus has right now, which we’ll use to reign with God in a renewed Earth. Sounds like science fiction? It’s actually Scripture, and has some pretty big implications for how we live now.
Everything we do with our bodies can be an act of worship if we do it for and through the Lord. In fact, we can’t fully worship God without offering him our bodies.
Think about this: Your body is good. It’s made in the image of God. It has value as-is, before you ever do anything noteworthy with it. It’s also spiritual and meant to be stewarded. What you eat and drink matters. How much sleep you get matters. How or if you exercise matters. What you do with your body is important to God. Honoring him with your flesh and blood is one of the most practical ways you can love him.
How do you view your body? How do you interpret the choices you make with your body? Are you offering it to God as an act of worship? Or are you compartmentalizing and missing out on the richness of giving your whole self to the Lord?