Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
“I wish I could fit into that. My hips are too wide.” “I can’t stand my legs; they’re too short!” “Look at my wrinkles!” Looking for worth, we often evaluate ourselves through the lens of the world. Culture’s message to women declares that our bodies exist to impress others so that we can be noticed, admired, and desired. But just because the lens may make things appear a certain way doesn’t mean truth changes. The truth lies in God’s message—a far greater picture and realization. Our bodies weren’t created to impress others, but to bless others. Our bodies weren’t made for our glory, but for His.
For too long women have bought into culture’s lies and become distracted from the purpose and Person for whom we were made. Our bodies were created to serve as surrendered vessels of God’s Holy Spirit, conduits of His power and love. Our bodies were made to encourage and build up others in the body of Christ, to tell of the marvelous deeds of God as He ministers and reveals His saving grace to the lost. Our bodies were made to worship Him, to radiate His light to a dark and dying world. Our bodies were made to hold the hurting, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to serve one another—all for the glory of our Father.
As women of God, it is imperative that we gain true perspective and rise above the lies of culture. What if our bodies were all about Jesus and not about us? What if our choices rested in “Honor (glorify) God with your body?” What if our every moment were rooted in an intimate love relationship with Jesus in which we could learn and grow, enjoying His presence and walking in truth and transparency? There may be attributes about our bodies that we haven’t appreciated but that are out of our control—body shape, thin or thick hair, or changes that come with aging. But we are not defined by change or the approval of culture. We are defined by Jesus and His identity, bringing joy, peace, and gratitude to our hearts and lives.
However, there may be things about our bodies that are unhealthy—things we can control. Perhaps we eat too much or too little, cut ourselves, or struggle with eating dysfunction. Perhaps we give our bodies to people to whom they don’t belong or withhold them from our spouse, to whom they do belong. Perhaps we deprive our bodies of essential rest because we believe we need to do it all. Perhaps our words consistently hurt rather than heal. Because of God’s perfect love for us, we can go to Him in security, identify our hurts, and with His leading, take steps toward change.
God created our bodies fearfully and wonderfully. Your uniqueness and design are a reflection of His mind, heart, and creativity. Each moment your body calls out the majesty of God. You were made to be a vessel of His glory. You were made for more.