A few months ago, while at work, I came across a video that would inspire me forever. The video I am referring to is that of Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant journey with her best friend Francia Raisa. Five years ago Selena was diagnosed with Lupus. Last year her health took a drastic turn and her kidney began shutting down. Selena needed a match desperately, however not even her family was a match for her. The waiting list for a kidney was 7-10 years long! One day Selena told her friend, Francia, everything that she was dealing with and her friend instantly volunteered to get tested. Selena and Francia were roommates at the time, and it so happened that the answer to her prayers was under her nose all along. Francia was a match for Selena and together they endured the process for a successful kidney transplantation.
The Perfect Gift
Selena mentioned in the interview that she hoped her story would be impactful, well it certainly was for me. This story is a great example of selflessness and love. While listening to this story I couldn’t help but think about the love and selflessness that Jesus Christ demonstrated for us. Selena’s friend gave her a gift that money could not buy. Francia was tested mentally, emotionally, and physically. She endured surgery, recovery time, and has the scars to prove it. After the surgery Selena said that her arthritis went away, her blood pressure went down, and there is a 3 to 5 % chance that her Lupus will ever come back. To sum it up her life is better because of the sacrifice of a friend. Can you imagine someone making a sacrifice like that for you? Would you treat your body differently? Would you be more protective over your body? I bet you would do whatever it takes to no longer be reckless with you body after receiving such a precious gift from a friend.
Well, maybe a friend or family member didn’t make a sacrifice like that for you, but there is a risen Savior who did. Jesus Christ was the perfect match for us. He was pure, blameless, and perfect. He went through something much worse than surgery and he has the scars to prove it too. Now we can freely receive the gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV
Today let us be reminded that our bodies are not our own. If we really thought of our bodies as temples then I bet we would take better care of it. Let’s be good stewards over our bodies and make wise decisions. Below are three areas we can target to take better care of our temples.
- Healthy Eating
This can vary from person to person. Some people may feel the desire to become vegan or vegetarian. I don’t have that desire lol but I do try to make wise decisions with my diet. I take chewable Vitamin C tablets daily and that helps my immune system. Also drinking a lot of water, green tea, and having proper portion sizes is a great way to maintain your health.
2. Working Out
On a beautiful sunny day I love to go for a walk or biking to enjoy nature. I am a member of the YMCA and I love their Jazzercise and Zumba class. Also since I am slim I like to focus on toning more so than burning calories. I like to tone my arms, abs, and buttocks. If you enjoy you privacy and want to save money then buying a work out tape for home is a good choice for you.
3. Protecting The Spirit Within
“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV
Last but not least we need to guard the Spirit within us. This can be the hardest area to conquer because causal sex is in nowadays, but it doesn’t really prosper us. Besides unwanted diseases, causal sex can hurt us spiritually. If we truly no longer want to be reckless with our bodies then this is an area of our lives worth getting under control. It’s easier said than done, but it is possible. With Jesus it is possible.
If you need more insight on this then 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is all about glorifying God in body and spirit. I know the struggle and you are not alone. I was reckless with my body before in all areas, but I decided to make a change. I hope you too will think twice about what you are doing to your body both naturally and spiritually.