Saturday, March 24, 2012
Fighting with Myself
While we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling so that what is mortal will be swallowed up in life.--2 Corinthians 5:4
This body will not last. It does not house my life. My life comes from God.
In fact, my body ties me to sin.
God has redeemed my soul. He lives in me. So my body, which is still corrupt, still dying, exists as a constant opponent to what lasts forever--my Life, my God.
Because my body does not bring me real life, I walk day after day in uneasy communion, frustration, and war. Until God redeems and restores my physical body as He has done for my soul, I will continue to do this.
My body is mortal--belonging to death. God is Life.
The Spirit of God lives in me and, as such, glorifies God. It can do nothing else. While I yet live in a body, my job is to remember that His Spirit can and must overcome my body. His Spirit is stronger because it came from Him and what life I have comes from that Spirit.
While I live, body and Spirit war constantly, but the Spirit conquers whatever indulgence I am tempted to grant the body. This is the root and purpose of self-control. I train my body, which dwindles to eventual dust, to obey my Spirit, which lives forever.
So I still brush my teeth, and try to stay fit, but remember that I cannot become more beautiful or more comfortable. I will become less so the longer I live. Not only will my body continue to decline, but as my Spirit becomes stronger, the tension between them will continue to build. The war between them doesn't end while I live, but escalates as my body demands more and my Spirit grows in God.
We groan inwardly as we wait for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Who hopes for what he already has?...If we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently.--Romans 8:23-25