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Body of Christ 5: Now It’s Getting Personal

Just think of it: Christ IN you. You–lil’ ol’ you–have a body that is of Christ, so to speak. Doesn’t that put a whole new spin on how you think of yourself?

I want to be clear here. I’m not suggesting in any way that we are on par with God, nor that our bodies should be exalted in any way (although you’ll see plenty of body worship going on in our culture.) For those in Christ, the body is not an object of worship, but a home of worship.

“The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Cor 6:17.19) The context of these verses is honoring God by regarding our bodies with purity, but they also speak to the intimacy that our Spirit-union with God offers.

Think of the person closest to you in your life… your best friend, a parent, sibling, or spouse. Do they really know you from the inside out? Impossible. There is *no one* who gets you like God does. And isn’t that what we desire? To be sought after? To be known personally? To be adored? To be loved without pretense? Done. Done. Done… and Done! And as in any relationship, it’s a two-way street–wouldn’t you suspect God would want the same in return?

So if you’re looking for a Valentine who loves you unconditionally, unfailingly, unbelievably… look no further than the Resident of your very own heart. He may show up through your husband doing the dishes, through the sound and smell of a big block engine revving up, through the infectious giggle of a child, through a snuggle with your favorite furry friend, through a beautiful melody that sticks in your head all day long, through a bright beam of sunshine warming you on a blustery day, through a really darn fine cup of coffee… if it brings you joy, consider it a special gift from the One who *knew* you would love it!

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