Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 6
1Co 6:13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
It is very easy to overlook some of the short, simple phrases in the bible. In the latter part of this verse, Paul states something which should be important to us. Our body is “not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” We probably have contemplated the first part of those words many times. We have learned from this verse and from many other verses that our bodies are not designed by God for immoral use. But have we ever given any serious thought to the latter part of that verse? I know I had not until just recently.
Our bodies are meant for the Lord. I will not pretend to understand the depth of that thought. We know that we were created in His image. We know that we were created for fellowship with Him. But when we think about that, we usually visualize it in terms of our spiritual beings, not our physical bodies. If we transfer our way of thinking to our physical bodies, how can we understand that they are meant for the Lord? Here are some thoughts for us to ponder.
Our bodies belong to Him. They are counted among His vast storehouse of possessions. If He owns the “cattle on ten thousand hills,” He also owns all of the humans He created. They were created for His purposes. That same idea is pictured in the biblical description of the Potter and His relationship with His created vessel. The Potter has the authority to create some vessels for one purpose and other vessels for different purposes. For this reason, let us try to picture our bodies as something which we are only borrowing for a short while. They are not our property; they are only on loan from God.
Consequently, our Father has the right to be in control of our bodies. He wants to walk alongside us and give us good advice about how to care for them and what to do with them. He wants us to consider at every juncture in life; what would the Owner of this body want me to do with it. In the parable of the vineyard and its owner, a caretaker was given control of the vineyard while the owner went away. The owner expected the caretaker to be responsible for its care and to ensure that it produced as much fruit as was possible while the owner was away. Our bodies are like that. Our Creator expects us to use our bodies wisely; to use it as an instrument to fulfill His purposes. If we give that serious consideration, we will take great care in what we do with our bodies.
Here is an even more difficult concept to understand. The Lord is meant for our bodies. That is what the last part of this verse stated. Does that mean that His ultimate purpose in creating our bodies was so that He could reside in it? We do know that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. He now lives within us. Does it mean that His intention from the beginning was that He would multiply Himself through His taking possession of our beings? I don’t know. That just explodes my mind into a zillion pieces. The idea that the Lord is meant for the body just doesn’t compute.
Well, we will not always have these bodies. We will receive new bodies at the end. But that is a subject for another time. One more thought, and then I am going to rest my brain for a while.
Of one thing we can be sure. We are accountable to our Lord for every thought, word, and action. Our minds, souls, AND bodies are His property. We would be wise to think about that 24/7.
Prayer: Lord, Your thoughts and Your ways are far beyond our comprehension level. We are eternally grateful that You have desired to own and control our bodies and our spirits. Unless we did not allow You to have complete charge of our lives, we would have no hope. Thank You for taking the reins from our hands, and leading us into a better life; the life which You intended from the beginning.