"Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 ESV
Recently, I saw a young girl awaiting her coffee at Starbucks. I saw her stomach, as well as her bottom, peeking from her shorts. I saw her not with eyes of judgement, but with eyes of heartbreak.
You see, she's bought into the lie she has to dress that way to feel confident and fit in...that in order to have worth, she must make guys drool. And it worked. My heart broke even further as two teenage boys lusted and whispered about her body. Their eyes, caught for a moment, only to flee to the next object of attention.
We were never made to be objects to be spent. We were made to be strong women of God who find their worth in Jesus, not in the attention of boys which is so very short-lived. Furthermore, as Christians, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit who seals us. We are not our own, and therefore, should strive to live lives pleasing to the Lord.
Maybe you relate to her. Maybe you feel the draw of the culture to show off your body. Can I tell you something from experience?
There is absolutely no satisfaction or true joy to be found in chasing the affection of boys. There is only shame, heartbreak, and destruction. What does it matter if one million men think you're "sexy" if it costs you your soul? You have value that extends far beyond that. You bear the image of a God who transcends all things. Every head turn or vain compliment is worthless next to Him. Absolutely, completely worthless.
There is no gain in lustful looks—only deep, heartbreaking loss.
Father, so many of us fall into this trap of the world. We crave male attention and affection as if it will satisfy. Teach us, Lord, that You are the only One who truly satisfies. Help us to "clothe ourselves in Christ" rather than putting on clothes which dishonor You. Change our hearts to desire You above all things. In Your precious name, Amen.
Do you need to make any changes in order to glorify God with your body? If so, do it today. Read Romans 13:13-14.