Extra Virgin :: Temple Worship
“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, you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
Scripture mentions priests whose only job was to take care of the temple. You know, sweep the floors, trim the candle wicks, brush the ash off the altar. And the name by which these actions were known? Worship. Taking care of the temple was worship, no matter how mundane it must have felt for them to push that broom across the floor. It was worship, and it was a way to honor God.
And then, in the New Testament, Paul says that our bodies are God’s new temple. Taking care of your body is a form of worship, a way of honoring God. He’s the one who made your body, he has a purpose for it, so you should treat it like the heavenly gift that it is, no matter how mundane it may feel to wash your face, trim your nails, and brush your hair. Paul goes so far as to say that God bought your body, so it’s not even yours anymore to decide what to do with it! So…honor God with your body. :)
There are all kinds of ways to take care of your body on a regular basis. However, here’s a simple list of things you’ll want to be doing ::
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser // Daily
- Wash your hair // Every 1-3 days
- Wash your body // Every 1-3 days
- Brush, floss and rinse your teeth // Twice daily
- Keep your vagina clean and dry // Daily
- Clean and trim your fingernails and toenails // Weekly
- Clean your ears (be careful if you use Q-tips, because it can be incredibly dangerous for your eardrums if a Q-tip is inserted too far into your ear canal) // Every 1-3 days
I would add that it’s incredibly important to moisturize. You don’t need anything expensive, even oil (olive oil, coconut oil) will do the job beautifully. Just make sure your face, body, hands, hair and lips get the moisture they need so your skin feels comfortable.
What are your thoughts? Does your body feel like a temple to you? Should body care be taken this seriously…this spiritually? Should anything else be added to the list? Anything taken off?
(Art by William-Adophe Bouguereau)