Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God
paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
When we allow the physical part of us to rule over our spirit we produce nothing but physical regret. I used to think this passage was admonishing us to treat our body with care and of course we can’t ignore that
fact but it also shows us that when we allow our flesh to rule it like having the toddler become the ruler of the family. We would go about trying to serve someone who has no regard for anyone but themselves. It does not mean that we are separate entities;
it means that we put off our spirit, leaving it with what little time we have after we have followed our flesh.
Not spending time with God in worship and prayer, before we consider
all the mundane physical activities we deem are most important to our flesh causes us to become stressed and tired through striving to accomplish things that are not really beneficial to our purpose of God. We become double-minded because our spirit knows
it must be about our main purpose while our flesh and the world demand our time and focus. In the end we have nothing to show but our frustration and exhaustion. All the stress and striving have brought the opposite of what we desired and we are spent.
Stress related illnesses are some of the worst threats to our world. When we finally break down physically or mentally we are of little use to the kingdom. It is like being told by a fat
doctor that we need to lose weight. His method might seem futile when we see he does not even believe it will work for himself.
The more time we spend catering to our flesh,
the more time it demands. Spending time with God is like a much needed vacation after a long hard period of striving. God has given us distinct orders to dwell with Him in the “secret” place, and to strive to enter into His rest. We are to pursue
our purpose with the joy that is set before us not with dread and striving.
Ask yourself, “is what I am doing or striving for going to mean anything at all in the grand scheme
of God’s plan?” If not then it is unnecessary activity and the reward is of little value. Spending time with God gives us clear instructions and rest to accomplish the very thing for which we were made. God’s plan will add joyous years to
our life. I call that a great reward!