Your physical body is in great demand. Madison Avenue knows it. This fallen world system makes appeals for it. However, we are 3-part beings. The highest level of existence is the spiritual and the lowest level of existence is physical.
Before conversion our existence is solely on this physical, earthly plane. Our drives are according to this world and not of the Father. At conversion, which was an actual transaction that required a sin payment, “you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Did you catch that? Jesus bought the ownership of your body! Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. However, your base nature – the “flesh” – still desires to employ your body in selfish, unholy, even unhealthy activities.
Romans 6 wonderfully reveals this lesson about yielding our bodies as “instruments of righteousness unto God.” Our physical bodies will be driven by our heart’s desire, whether good or bad. Never think that being born again means no more problems with temptation.
Temptation is common to all of us, male and female, old and young.
Moreover, the battle for the body is continual. Daily your body can either be a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor. Whichever vessel you are is the result of giving your body the “green light” to participate in either the things of the Spirit or the things of the flesh. Are you making choices with your body that glorify Christ? I wish to God that each one reading this article would boldly declare, “Christ will be magnified in my body”.
As we yield to the Holy Spirit He grants us the self control and power to have victory in this mortal body. Practical theology is personal application of Romans 12:1,2. I cannot present your body to God, nor can you present mine. The outcome of each battle is life or corruption. Each battle necessitates a choice. Or does it? That depends on who owns your body.