God Made Your Body
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
—Genesis 2:7 KJV
Gifts of a loving Creator, our bodies are not barriers to grace.
—Evelyn and James Whitehead
God made your body—every part of it. Your skin, yours five sense, your liver and large intestine, your uterus and vagina, your cerebral cortex, your toes and fingernails and hair and muscles. These are all things that he intentionally made when God made you.
Because God is spirit, this sometimes leads us to believe that he’s only concerned with spiritual things (or that only spiritual things are good and godly). But God loves physical things! He invented them! He wanted you to have a body.
Once we know this, it drastically alters the way we view our bodies. If our bodies are something that God dreamt up and created and gave to us, then we should both understand and care for them.
Think of a Christian biologist exploring God’s world, filled with the wonder of her Creator whenever she examines the colorful scales on a lizard or the aerodynamics of a hawk’s wing. When we joyfully and curiously seek to understand our own bodies, we will discover its breathtaking beauty and efficiency and precision, and be able to grow in our appreciation of its maker.
And what’s even more astonishing—1 Corinthians 6:19 states that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Our body! Not our heart, not our spirit, but our physical body is the dwelling place of the living God. Just like the Levite priests who cleaned and cared for the Israelite temple as an act of worship, when we care for our bodies we are worshiping God.
So the next time you wash your hair, trim your fingernails or go for a walk, recognize the fact that you are actively involved in the worship of the God who made your body.