You are God’s Temple


You are God’s temple. This means that your body is a residence for God! The outside of you is like a church building with stained glass windows. The glory of God inside can hardly be contained, and it shines out the stained glass windows for all to see!

Whatever you are doing with your body, you are doing to Christ’s body, so take care of it! Don’t let anyone damage it. It belongs to Christ. Stand up for yourself and treat your body with dignity.

If someone has harmed your body in the past, ask Christ to heal your soul from that trauma.

Use your body to glorify God:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB

temple: a building devoted to the worship of God.

Is your body devoted to the worship of God? This is connected to being set free—for me it included dancing before the Lord so that I could glorify God by worshiping with my entire body and not just my voice. (See the blog post You are Free to find the Scriptures that tell us to dance before the Lord in worship.)


Keeping our bodies clean from immorality and sin is also obvious if we want to bring glory to God in our bodies.

Jesus has taken residence in our body, and we conform to His death by dying to sin “so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:10)

We use our body to hug a friend who is discouraged, sit with someone at the hospital, become one with our spouse, give birth to children, nurse the children, pick up and hold the children, make a meal for a shut-in, etc. There are so many ways that God can be glorified through our bodies.


Our bodies–the containers of God Himself—are to be presented to God as a holy sacrifice, a living sacrifice. We are no longer to live for ourselves but for Him:

Romans 12:1 NASB “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

You are God’s temple. The Spirit of the Living God resides inside of you! Just imagine, the Creator of the Universe has taken residence in you, and your body actually contains God!

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My daughter and I created the artwork for this series from the course {aff} “You are a Masterpiece” by Alicia Gratehouse. If you love to do art and are discovering who you are in Christ, this is a great art course for you!

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10 Responses to “You are God’s Temple”

  1. Alicia says:

    As new creations in Christ, I am so thankful that we become the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. And Jesus gives us HIS holiness. He gets all the credit. Yielding our whole selves to him, body, soul and spirit is our reasonable act of worship. But it’s not any sort of obligation, but out of delightful love, because He first loved us! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Andrea says:

    If we are truly surrendered to God, we should have no problem with this!

  3. Julie says:

    I like the focus of this series! I tend to forget who I am in Christ and not who I am according to culture. God’s opinion of me matters the most.

  4. Maria Hass says:

    It’s very freeing to know we belong fully to Christ in a culture that places so much emphasis on what our bodies LOOK like. Thank you for the encouragement!

  5. Penny says:

    I am following your posts and wondered if you could provide steps to create a book for younger children using these illustrations

    • Susan says:

      The art course from Alicia is for kids of all ages, but younger kids might not be able to do some of the artwork. You can look into other courses on her website to see if she has art courses for younger children.

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