Read Genesis 1:26-27 and Psalm 139:13-17
We live in a world where we are told we can be whoever we want to be and can change our bodies however we feel fit. Whether it be social media, news or television, this notion of “do whatever makes you happy or makes you feel like your authentic self” is such a loud message.
When answering the question, “Why can’t I be left alone to make my own choices for my own body?”, we have to remember that our bodies are not our own and so much more is at stake.
When you are a follower of Jesus, His Word is our guiding light in this broken world and there are certain standards set before us.
Observing what is written in Genesis and Psalms, we have to notice that there is a sense of authority which begs this question:
“Whose are you?”
There is such power in both of these verses because the Lord looks at His creation and, after calling it good, acknowledges there is need for more. He creates man with a standard, a purpose and authority over His creation. With creating man, Psalm 139 reminds us that He knew us before we were even a thought in our parents’ minds.
There is such care and love in these perspectives that it is hard to not see that God knows us best. With knowing us best, He also sees the purpose that our lives hold.
I remember sitting in Bible school when studying Leviticus 19 and the topic of tattoos came up.
Our pastor and teacher went on to give us the perspective contextually what the Lord was telling Moses, but gave us a principle from that passage that stays with me to this day.
He stated, “We must understand that every choice we make with our body will have consequences. Good or bad. We need to remember that our definition of good and bad is different than God’s. If you were called to be a missionary in a certain country and you had tattoos, that would cause a barrier between you and the purpose God called for your life. It limits what He can do with you.”
Think about that. If we did whatever we wanted with our bodies, it has the potential to limit what the Lord’s intent on our life is.
When you look at your body without the perspective of the Lord’s authority, it can very easily be difficult to not understand that His standards for your life and your body are holy.
So, I ask again, whose are you?
Who holds authority over your life, your choices, your body? Are you being a good steward of it?