1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Growing up, Saturdays were the day to do chores. We were not allowed to play with our friends until all our tasks were complete. There was dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, and washing. The lawn needed mowing, the required hedge trimming, and the garage cleaned and straightened.
Dad and Mom would oversee the work and point out places where we missed or how to do it better. It was a family affair. Some days it went quickly; others would drag on.
Once out on my own, I kept my house clean – sort of. There were times when the dishes would pile up. Laundry gathered, and the place went unkempt for a bit. Then, Dad and Mom’s training kicked in, and I became a whirling dervish, cleaning frantically for a whole day till all was right again.
I realized that if I did the little things to keep my apartment (then home) clean, it wouldn’t waste a whole day bringing it back to normal.
I also realized that my residence was a reflection of me.
This passage hits home every time I read it.
Living by myself, I could accept a certain amount of, ‘messiness.’ Sharing that space with someone meant it needed daily attention. We have a principle we teach in our faith-based addiction program (RU Recovery):
“It is easier to keep the heart clean than to clean it after it has been defiled.”
As children of God, we are never alone. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. We have the promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
If we think of our soul as the living space of God, how clean would it be?
We have been given the command to “glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
What does that look like?
Many would ascribe that to glorify God in our body is to have the healthiest version of ourselves. When man was created, there were no potato chips, candy, soda, or processed foods. All God had created met our nutritional needs.
We are now told we need supplements, vitamins, and specialty stores to supply us with what (they say) will make us healthy.
Please do not mistake what I am saying – I believe every child of God should take care of their body so that if its owner were to come to inspect how clean we keep His house, He would be pleased.
As children of God, our health and our bodies should be kept in good working order. In that way, we glorify God as we are commanded. If we stop here, it is only partial obedience.
“…and in your spirit” is to means what our hearts are reflecting those around us.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Matthew 15:19-20 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
A dirty heart is like a messy house. It reflects on the owner. We can deceive ourselves into thinking we can live with the dirt of sin.
But we aren’t the owners any longer.
My dirty soul reflects more on Him than me.
The command to glorify God in my body and in my spirit is solely my responsibility. If we are known as angry, bitter, critical, or demanding, it is a direct reflection on God.
If I am addicted, living away from God, doing as I please, I still belong to God.
The deception of sin to think I am alone in the guilt and shame, we are wrong. My sin, our sin, grieves the heart of God.
Ephesians 4:30-32 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
How tender is your heart when you hurt someone?
How tender is your heart when you know you’ve hurt the heart of God?
Dear reader, when our house is clean, we can see the smallest thing out of place or the dirt that defiles what we’ve just cleaned. A person who diligently keeps their lawn or garden hates weeds.
The weeds of our soul and spirit can be clearly identified when we practice regular, daily cleansing.
A child of God who keeps a clean heart hates sin.
It is the cleanliness of our hearts that glorifies God.
We are admonished not to sin. But if we do, we have the best lawyer in the universe.
1 John 2:1-2 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Keep short accounts with God. When we sin, go to Him quickly and get it under the blood as soon as possible. When we are more familiar with a clean body, soul, and spirit than our sin, we will love it when we’ve taken the time to clean up the mess we’ve made.