1 Corinthians 6:19
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
People often say, “I have a right to do with my body what I want to do.” This statement may sound good, but this statement is wrong. To some degree, you can do with your body what you want, but you don’t have the right to choose the consequences that come with what you do to your body. In the verse above, God gives several observations about your body that you must learn if you want Him to bless your life and if you want to stay in good favor with God.
First, your body doesn’t belong to you. You have to understand that your body has never belonged to you. Before you got saved, your body belonged to Satan and was controlled by sin and the flesh. Satan didn’t care what you did with your body because he has never cared about you. In fact, the more you did to abuse your body, the more it made Satan happy because he knew it would drive you further away from God and closer to an eternity without Christ. However, when you got saved, your body switched ownership over to God. The sooner you realize that you don’t own your body, the quicker you will start treating it according to how the Scriptures teach that you should treat it.
Second, your body is a temple. The verse above makes it clear that when you got saved, your body became the “temple of the Holy Ghost.” How sacred your body must be to God for Him to allow His Holy Ghost to dwell in it. All you have to do to understand how sacred your body is to God is to look at how God expected Israel to treat the temple of Solomon. God often killed people who treated the temple of Solomon flippantly. You will find that it is much easier to live a holy life when you accept that your body doesn’t belong to you, and that the Holy Ghost lives in your body.
Third, your body was purchased with a great price. Your body was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. How sacred and holy you ought to treat your body because of the price Christ had to pay for it. Never underestimate how valuable God thinks of you. If He is willing to pay the price with His life He must think you are very valuable.
Fourth, because your body is not yours, you have no right to do to it what you want to do. Here is where many people will struggle. You have no right to put on your body or in your body what you want to put on it or in it. The believer has no right to print up their bodies with tattoos because their body belongs to God and is the temple of the Holy Ghost. The believer has no right to put alcohol in their bodies, because their bodies are not theirs to put inside of it a beverage that the Scriptures command not to drink. Likewise, the believer has no right to take drugs or smoke cigarettes that would damage the body that belongs to God. I could continue this dialogue for many lines, but I believe you understand the importance that the Scriptures put on your body and the treatment of it.
Fifth, the only right that you have with your body is to glorify God with it. The next time you want to do something to your body, ask yourself if what you’re about to do to your body or with your spirit brings glory to God. God said the one requirement He has for your body is to use it for one purpose, and that is to glorify Him. Anything short of glorifying God with your body and spirit is a sin.