Devotional for Thursday January 3rd

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Your body is to be used for God’s work.”

 

Two days ago we considered the beautiful picture given to us in Psalm 139:13-14 of our heavenly Father patiently and carefully forming our body in our mother’s womb. That helped us to gain a better appreciation for what a beautiful gift our body is and how much attention God put into forming it. In that devotional we also considered the truth that the body is intricately tied to and interacts with the spiritual, mental, and emotional parts of our being. If the body isn’t healthy it can have a profound negative impact on those other parts of us.

 

Yesterday we learned from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that your physical body is actually a temple of God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God lives within you and that makes your body a temple – a holy place. And just as you would never desecrate, or disrespect, or misuse the sanctuary of your church, so too you should never desecrate, disrespect, or improperly use your physical body. Instead, you must take care of it.

 

Today we consider Ephesians 2:10. There we learn that you are the product of God’s workmanship or craftsmanship. Paul says that God created you, crafted you, formed you, so He can then use you to perform good works that He has prepared ahead of time for you to do.

 

Consider the implications of that truth. In order to accomplish good works you need your mind, will, emotions, spirit, and physical body, all working together to accomplish the things God desires for you to do for Him. And the healthier and more able you are in all those areas, the better able you are to accomplish the things He wants you to do.

 

This is why we have a responsibility to stay as healthy as we can as long as we can. Of course as we get older our physical body becomes less capable, but each of us can still take the actions necessary to stay as healthy as we can for as long as we can, thereby continuing to be available to God in as many ways as possible, for as long as possible.

 

Tomorrow we will consider some physical limitations Christians sometimes create for themselves which are often avoidable, and which can in many cases be corrected altogether, or at least minimized by changing our habits.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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