Now that we’ve discussed Stewarding our Theological History, where are we headed for the month of November?
Stewarding our bodies. For many Christians, it can feel like our bodies are anything but an entrusted gift. Aren’t our bodies these dirty, achy, lustful, hungry, high-maintenance prisons that keep our souls in bondage? Paul himself, pits flesh against spirit, saying that ” the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh” (Galatians 5:17) And Jesus, frustrated with the disciples who fell asleep on the night of his betrayal said, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38).
And yet, Paul also recognizes that our bodies are temples (1 Corinthians 6:19), and we know that Jesus wouldn’t be Jesus without his fully human body. Salvation and human bodies are very connected things. The Gospel and human bodies are very connected things.
So how are we to steward and nurture our bodies? How would God have us treat our bodies? When do we use them and how do we nurture them? How do we enjoy them together?
For the month of November we’ll be asking these questions. I look forward to delving into the discussion with you!