Monday, October 19, 2015
When I was a boy I remember often hearing a Betty Boop type of song entitled “Button Up Your Overcoat.” Well, recently, I thought it strange that this tune came into my mind and I kept singing it over and over again in my head. Do you ever do stuff like that? Does a certain song pop into your head and you just can’t seem to shake it? Well, if you are also the type that believes that nothing in our lives happens by accident or coincidence, you might want to consider what the Lord wanted to remind you about. After all, aren’t songs really just musical messages? In my case, I choose to believe that God wanted to remind me that we belong to Him because these are about the only words I remember from that silly song: “Button up your overcoat when the wind is free / Take good care of yourself, you belong to me. / Eat an apple every day, get to bed by three / Take good care of yourself, you belong to me.”
Paul wrote these eye-opening words in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: “Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy Him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” To some of you, this sobering reminder may be a little bit too harsh but be assured of one thing: it is not a condemning warning. Condemning thoughts that pop into our heads every once in a while, don’t come from God; Romans 8:1 very clearly reminds us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. One thing is certain, though; The Lord wants to remind us that everything He has given us, including our bodies, are sacred and should be treated accordingly.
I hope you take this message to heart: Take care of yourself, including your body and, health, and take good care of everything the Lord has given you. If you won’t do it for your family, friends, loved ones, or even yourself, do it for the love of Christ. The better you take care of yourself, the longer you will be here, and the more chances you will have to touch other people’s lives and honor God in the process. And this is the number one reason that we should take good care of ourselves: We belong to Jesus!
Memory verse for the week: (Romans 14:8) “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”