1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

I chose this verse to conclude this series on loving your body because it highlights and simplifies the most important thing: “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

What’s your motivation? What’s your reason for eating healthy? For exercising? Is it to glorify God through the use and care of your body, or is it to glorify you through the appearance of your body? Listen sis, if that question hits hard, and you feel like you’ve cared too much about how you look, and your first reaction was guilt, I want to free you from that.

We live in a culture that encourages women to feel ashamed and guilty about their appearance. We live in a culture that teaches women that their entire value is wrapped up in how they look. There are a lot of reasons for that and some of them will lead me down a path of feminist ranting and while I think I should provide that here sometimes, let me start with probably the least controversial explanation: when we feel insecure, we look for a solution. Then a cosmetics company, for example, offers that solution and takes our money. (Btw, I love makeup and I’m not saying that beauty products themselves are the problem! But I think it’s worth examining why we use them and how we feel if we don’t.)

I could say a lot more about this, but to stick to my main point, it isn’t your fault if you’ve been feeling insecure and tried to improve your insecurities by changing your appearance. It’s literally what we’re taught to do as women. But that’s so far from where God wants us to be.

We’ve learned to turn to ourselves and to our culture to find our confidence. But here’s the problem: if you learn to judge and criticize yourself that harshly, you aren’t going to magically be free from it when you hit a certain weight, or when a certain pant size fits. You’ll just find something new to judge yourself for.

I’m learning that we as women will only feel truly free from our insecurities when we view ourselves the way that God sees us.

I’m still learning exactly what that looks like. But I know He doesn’t care about my jean size. I know He wouldn’t love me more if I weighed less. I know that if I do everything for His glory, He’ll watch me and say, “well done,” and I want that more than I want compliments from the world.

Thank you for sticking with me on this series! Please drop a comment below to let me know how this spoke to you, or if there’s something else you’d like to see covered! I’ll see you back here soon.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

“You are not your own.” People don’t like to hear that. I think the connotation culturally is oppression, but this is the opposite. If your view of yourself is that you are not your own because you were bought by Jesus on the cross, then you know that that, my dear, is the only true freedom. Jesus died for us to free us from sin and shame. You can never earn that, but that doesn’t release you from the responsibility to do your best with what you were given.

That’s right. I said responsibility. We have answer to God for the way we treat others but also for the way we treat ourselves. And when it comes to your body, it isn’t just you. Remember how I started this whole thing saying your body is your house? Well you aren’t the only one who lives there. The Holy Spirit is your roommate and nothing you do to your house is unnoticed by the one who lives there with you.

Your body was gifted to you and it was not cheap. It wasn’t regifted. It wasn’t bought from the clearance rack. It was designed specifically for you by the same God that built this beautiful planet we get to live on and you are even more beautiful in the eyes of God.

When God gives you a gift, He expects you to use it for His glory and ultimately give it back to Him. That’s why we’re to tithe the first 10 percent of our income. But you can do that with your body and your life too. What do you want to do with what God has given you? How do you want to honor Him with it? What do you feel God putting on your heart with this message? What are you going to do better?

Drop a comment below to tell me how you could better use your body for God’s glory! And as always, feel free to get social with me on Instagram, @torigwrites. I look forward to hearing from you!