“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
Prior to emotional maturity, there is physical maturity and too often young men and women use their bodies to prove that they are grown. The physical body is used to prove love, interest, devotion and desire. Often the body is used to prove health after sickness as well as proof of life.
When you use your body to gain control of a situation or person, to fill an emotional need or to prove that you have value then you are a slave to your flesh. The body profits nothing unless it is in service to the Lord. Whatever we do, we are to do to further the kingdom of heaven and glorify God.
The flesh of the body is often misused and misunderstood by many Christians. Our physical bodies are not here to serve our emotional needs and they are not here to be bartered as property for what we desire. Too many people use their bodies to get what they want and to fulfill their demanding egos.
Our bodies are on loan to us from God and we should be using them to serve God in whatever capacity we are able. Each of us has been gifted with different levels of ability and should be thoughtful of how we can use our time and our flesh to serve others in the name of God. Maybe your neighbor needs their lawn cut and is unable to do it themselves? Maybe you know someone who needs a ride to the store or church? Maybe you know someone who is in prison who needs a letter filled with hope and the Lord’s love? Maybe you know someone who needs a hug?
Let us be mindful to use our bodies for good and not for our own selfish needs and desires. Let us be willing to do more good deeds in the name of God and let us become more determined to live our lives shining for Jesus.
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38
LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN