Monday, February 11, 2013

Take Care of What God Has Given You

By Joyce Meyer

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own….
                                                                  1 Corinthians 6:19

What if you went to a church and it was rundown? Peeling paint, broken doors, and smudged windows that didn’t let the light in? You’d wonder about the pastor, wouldn't you? The church is his instrument for celebrating the glory of God, yet if he doesn't respect the church enough to take the time to keep it in good condition, what does this say about his relationship with God?
The same question applies to your own body- taking care of the body God has given you is the most important kind of “home maintenance” you can do! Your body is the home of your spirit where God dwells. To do the work you were meant to do, you need to keep it in shape.
I still have to remind myself of this. Once I hurt my voice by specking in a seminar with an extremely store throat. That morning when I woke up, I knew I shouldn't speak, but I thought about the disappointment of the audience if I didn't  So I forced myself to speck, but the next day I could not make a sound. I couldn't continued, and I begin to worry. I finally went to the doctor, who told me I had damage my vocal cords. He said each time we push ourselves beyond reasonable limits, we do some damage, and if we do it too often, we get to a point where we can’t recover. He said it might reach a point where I could not tech at all if I did not respect my voice and take care of it.
I nearly jeopardized my entire public ministry! If I had permanently damage my voice, I would have wound up helping far fewer people and derailing my life’s calling. Now I’m more careful about protecting the tools I need to do God’s work- my voice, my mind, my heart, my emotions, and my body. Please take care of yourself so you can glorify God and do all that He has intended for you to do.

Trust in Him: How can you take better care of your body- the place where God dwells? Show God you love Him and trust Him by taking good care of your temple.


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