“You created every part of me; your put me together in my mother’s womb…I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
God created us. He is the reason we are in the world today. Every part of our body, every cell we have and every breath we breathe are His. We must honor His creation of our bodies by treating it correctly. What an honor it is to be a child of God. He created us in His image.
The second part of that verse, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” puts the human balance in a life created by God. This segment of the verse puts into perspective the intricacies that went into human creation and the significance that was placed into creating our physical beings. It should, then, be a priority of ours as followers of Christ to be good caretakers of all of God’s gifts — including our own bodies!
How often do we view our bodies as a true gift from God? It’s common to be critical of our own bodies and hold unrealistic standards formed by worldly perception. Often we look at our bodies and our physical appearance and are motivated to maintain a certain standard for society, but not for God. When we stop measuring our physical appearance by the standards of society and start looking at it as a gift from God, change is bound to happen. Just as you would not mistreat an expensive gift, you should not mistreat your body which is a gift from God.
The bible calls us to be good stewards of His property, including our earthly bodies. Not everything is good for us (1 Cor. 6:14). The bible also says our bodies are actually parts of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15-16). Take a moment to reflect on what you just read.