Take an inventory of yourself and think for a few minutes about how you see yourself. Do you see yourself as God sees you? Or do you see yourself as others see you? What do you think about you? What you think and say about yourself is critical to your health and wellbeing. What God says about you is very important too, but what you say and think about yourself will have a greater impact on you for the remainder of your life. Choose your words carefully. Speak what you want to see happen into your life.
God says you are created in His image and likeness. Do you see yourself as being made in the image and likeness of God? Being made in the image and likeness of someone means you not only resemble that person in appearance, but you also act like your image bearer. You speak and act like your image bearer too. In order to speak and act like your image bearer, you must get to know that person.
Are you familiar with your image bearer and what He says about Himself and what He says about you? God created man in his image, so that we can be aware of him and to fellowship with him. God honored the human body by becoming flesh and dwelling among us. Man’s physical body is not patterned after the physical image of God. God is a spirit (John 4:24). God does not dwell in a physical body. Our bodies reflect Gods’ image by being one in substance (God is-three in one). Our body is composed of three substances (spirit, soul and the physical body).
All that we receive from God comes to us through the Holy Spirit. God gives us a conscience to decide good or evil. He gave us some of His divine attributes. He shares love, holiness, righteousness, compassion, kindness and creativity with us. These are just a few of the many attributes of God that we possess.
We have God’s spirit living on the inside of our spirit. This is the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead. Our bodies are dead to sin but alive unto righteousness. We are not to be controlled by our sinful nature but by Gods’ spirit that is alive in us (Romans 8:9-10). If the spirit that raised Jesus is living in us, this same spirit also gives life to our earthly bodies (Romans 8:11). If we live according to the flesh we will die, but by the spirit we put to death the deeds of the flesh. Then we will live (Romans 8:13).
Those of us who are led by the spirit of God are sons and daughters of God. God’s spirit testifies that we are children of God. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We share in Jesus’ suffering in order that we may share in his glory (Romans 8:16-17). As heirs of God we do not have to tolerate sin or sickness in our bodies. Jesus bore all sin and sickness in his body, so that we could be free to serve him (1 Peter 2:24).
Our bodies are living temples of God. What we do with our bodies reflects God’s image to the unsaved world. It is through us Christians that the world gets a view of God. Do you see your body as a living temple? Or do you see your body as a place just for you? Your body is not yours but the Lord’s. “Do you know that your body is a temple of The Holy Spirit, who lives in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19.
Those who do not belong to Christ do not have the spirit of Christ dwelling in them. We are not our own. We were bought with a price. Do others around us get to see a loving, caring and compassionate individual who love them despite their failures? Or do they see a self-centered, proud and uncaring individual? Spend time alone with God so that his image will be reflected to the outside world. God did not choose to live in a temple or building. He chooses to live in you. Make Christ the cornerstone of your life.