“So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
2 Corinthians 5:9-10 NLT
Our bodies are vessels created by God. He took dust from the earth and made us (see Genesis 2:7). The human body is a comprehensive masterpiece. We are made up of twelve body systems: Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine (eight major glands that secrete hormones), Immune, Lymphatic (nodes, ducts, and vessels), Nervous, Muscular, Reproductive, Skeletal (206 bones), Respiratory, Urinary, and Integumentary (skin - the largest organ).
Our vital organs are the Brain, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, and Liver. Our bodies have over One Trillion Cells. We breathe approximately 20,000 times a day, and our brains have approximately 100 Billion nerve cells.
Simply put, we are God's masterpiece. Psalm 139:13-16 says it this way: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” NLT
We are not just a blob of flesh that resulted from billions of years of evolution. That is utter nonsense. We are intentionally, purposefully, and masterfully made by God Almighty. We are not mistakes. We are His creation. God makes no mistakes. The only reason we experience the problems of this life is because of sin. We all have a choice to submit our bodies as instruments of righteousness or instruments of unrighteousness. Romans 6:13 states: "Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” NLT
The choice is given to us by God. We have the awesome privilege of choice. How will you choose to use your body? One last thing: Remember that you will stand before God and give an account of how you used your body for evil or for good! That should be a sobering truth.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I humble myself before you, my Creator, and recognize my responsibility to utilize the body you have given me for Your righteous purpose.
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Rev. Curtis Norris