Preserve The Body Temple
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? 1 Cor. 3:16
God has given you a habitation to care for and preserve in the best condition
for His service and glory. Your bodies are not your own. . . . “Know
ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
Health is a blessing of which few appreciate the value. . . . Life is a
holy trust, which God alone can enable us to keep, and to use to His glory.
But He who formed the wonderful structure of the body will take special care
to keep it in order if men do not work at cross-purposes with Him. Every talent
entrusted to us He will help us to improve and use in accordance to the will
of the Giver.
Youth is the time to establish good habits, to correct wrong ones already
contracted, to gain and to hold the power of self-control, and to lay the
plan, and accustom one’s self to the practice of ordering all the acts
of life with reference to the will of God.
The sacred temple of the body must be kept pure and uncontaminated, that
God’s Holy Spirit may dwell therein. We need to guard faithfully the
Lord’s property, for any abuse of our powers shortens the time that
our lives could be used for the glory of God. Bear in mind that we must consecrate
all—soul, body, and spirit—to God. All is His purchased possession,
and must be used intelligently, to the end that we may preserve the talent
of life. By properly using our powers to their fullest extent in the most
useful employment, by keeping every organ in health, by so preserving every
organ that mind, sinew, and muscle shall work harmoniously, we may do the
most precious service for God.
When we do all we can on our part to have health, then may we expect that
the blessed results will follow, and we can ask God in faith to bless our
efforts for the preservation of health.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 47.