The true purpose of our body—God’s purpose—is to be a dwelling place for His Spirit on earth and to carry His love to a hurting world.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and inyour spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6:19–20)
To “glorify” God with our body means to use it to honor or magnify Him. There are many ways to interpret what that might look like in our individual lives. But one thing is for sure, we can’t do it if we hate our body so much that we keep it hidden from the world in shame. That’s the devil’s goal. How do you think he’s doing?
Our enemy wants us to be so ashamed of the appearance of our body that we forget all about the life-changing potential (God’s Spirit) it houses. If he can influence us to become embarrassed enough, maybe we’ll just stay home and keep that good stuff to ourselves. (I’m not going because my pants are too tight.) And when we do, it just leaves more hurting people—maybe even a family member or friend—to suffer without hope.
So...let's get our butts out there for God, no matter what size jeans it takes to cover them. Are you with me?
(exerpt from My Big Bottom Blessing: How Hating my Body led to Loving my Life - available May 8, 2012)