I lead a small group at my church and the other day I was preparing for it by reading this verse:
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. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Although I have read this verse many times and it has been important in my own recovery, something struck me differently this time when I read it. I noticed it said “who IS in you.” Sometimes I think I want to make myself worthy of the Holy Spirit. That I want to take care of my body “so that” the Holy Spirit will come live in me…like I am preparing my “house” for a guest. But that is not so. The Holy Spirit IS in me…already. I don’t have to be perfect, things don’t have to be all in place, I don’t have to make myself worthy—Jesus has already done that. I just have to remember that the Holy Spirit is there and ask for His guidance, His grace, and His wisdom in how to offer my body as a living, breathing, moving sacrifice.