We all have this container in which we live and move around the earth. No two are exactly the same. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. And just like my car, they wear out with age and require exorbitant amounts of money and special maintenance to
keep them running. They often don’t cooperate and can break down in a moment’s notice. Many have dents, scratches and dings looking like they are stock car race survivors. While others look like they just came off the showroom floor- sleek, shiny, highly polished, and envied.
Our bodies, or “earth suits”, were intricately designed by God for each of us to spend our earthly lives in. We humans worship our earth suits and those of others. We adore those “suits” that are beautiful and attractive, while we tend to disdain those that are not. We spend hours and hours striving to keep the suit looking new and fit knowing a nice “suit” helps the inhabitant go far in life. It opens doors, provides perks and advantages, and helps one attain covetable rewards.
“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
We earthlings spend most of our time focused on the suit, instead of what the suit contains. It houses our mind, will, emotions and spirit. ALL parts are working together to function well. The mind, will, emotions and physical body will wear out some day, but the spirit will live for eternity. Thus, it seems rational that we should commit a majority of our time tending to that which will live on forever.
The Apostle Paul refers to our earth suit as a temple.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We need to find the right balance of tending to our earth suit as a treasured gift from God along with using it to glorify Him. How do we glorify God with our bodies? We take care of them, respect them, appreciate them, and use them for our God-given purpose. To bring Him glory and to live with Him forever.
I’m glad my earth suit is a temporary thing that someday I get to exchange for my heavenly body. My suit was damaged from the beginning and has taken a lot of hits over the years. But I am thankful for all the places it’s taken me and all the people I’ve had the joy of meeting and introducing to our Heavenly Father. And although sometimes my suit can dramatically slow me down, I know that God is far more interested in the cherished treasure it is housing – His Holy Spirit and my spirit. Both of which allow me to have an intimate and everlasting relationship with Him!
So take care of your earth suit, but more importantly, tend to what resides within.
For His Glory,