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Sunday to Sunday

Weekly Devotionals

Sunday to Sunday

Growing up in the church, hearing that our bodies were created in His image and “temples of the Holy Spirit” wasn’t uncommon.  I had this instilled in me at a young age, but I thought that more than anything, to have a healthy “temple” simply meant making it to church every Sunday.  I could do anything to my body (and my mind) throughout the week just as long as I made it to church on Sunday and was cleansed.  I could go live an unhealthy life as long as I was able to make it to church in one way shape or form.  Looking back, that was how I lived my freshman year of college.  The days might have consisted of going to classes, but the nights were spent staying up late and hanging out with friends.  After barely getting a few winks, I would be back at it again the next morning.  The weekends certainly weren’t any better.  BUT I prided myself in making it to church every Sunday.  I might not have been in the best shape when I entered the sanctuary.  I might have slept through the entire service, BUT I made it nonetheless!  That’s all that matters right?

After a year of this most-unhealthy lifestyle, an upperclassman at church pulled me aside and simply said “You can’t be showing up to church like this.  When you’re here, you need to be ready to worship and receive.”  Those few words cut deep and transformed me.  I realized that I have been missing out on the blessing of corporate Sunday worship.  I wasn’t preparing my heart or my body for what the Lord had in store for me.  If my body was so tired and beaten, how can I expect my mind to be ready to receive Him?  From then, I did my best to make my weekends a time of reflection and meditation in preparation for Sunday.  It didn’t happen every weekend, but it was a constant conscious effort of mine.

Though this made for more meaningful Sundays, it was only the short weekends that were devoted to a healthier-me.  My weekdays were no different.  It wasn’t until a year after college that I received another revelation from the Lord.  During a Sunday message, the pastor spoke on Romans 12:1-2.

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

It wasn’t a passage that was foreign to me.  I’ve heard it several times over the years.  But the pastor emphasized how our bodies are “living sacrifices,” and in order for this to be our true and proper worship, our bodies need to be constantly offered to the Lord daily!  Then he nailed the point that our bodies shouldn’t just be in preparation for next Sunday’s worship the night before, but rather the moment we leave the sanctuary that Sunday!

Yes.  Our bodies are temples, and we are called to take care of and honor God’s temple.  And with this type of devotion and clarity, it is then that we should be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.  It isn’t something that we can decide to do one day, and not the other.  It is something that we should be constantly seeking…from one Sunday to the next.

May our walks with the Lord be intimate, personal, and daily.