by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1]
A. God has fashioned billions of human bodies through the natural process He enacted, and each of them is unique.
B. There are many who are not happy with the bodies God gave them and go to great lengths to manipulate them.
C. Instead of letting society define beauty, why not let God?
I. What is the purpose of the human body?
A. Our bodies are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 3:16-17).
B. Our bodies are God’s treasure houses (2 Corinthians 4:7).
C. It is therefore an act of profanity to use our bodies to commit sin (Romans 6:7-13).
D. Our bodies are given to us for the purpose of glorifying God (Hebrews 10:5-10; Romans 12:1; Philippians 1:20).
II. As stewards we must take care of the bodies God has given us.
A. This means that we should be mindful of what we take into our bodies (Proverbs 23:20-21; Philippians 3:18-19).
B. A good steward will also exercise in moderation (1 Timothy 4:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 9:24-26).
C. A good steward will also allow his body to rest (Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 6:31).
Instead of justifying sinful acts of rebellion under the excuse “It’s my body!,” we must come to realize that our bodies belong to God and ought to be dedicated to His service.