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 NIV84)
The Bible emphasizes the importance of love, trust, and obedience. One of the men in my small group calls this emphasis the “three-legged stool” of Christianity — if you remove any of those legs, it just doesn’t work. To honor God with my body by doing what He asks me to do means that I need to sit on this stool without reservation.
Who would you trust with your life? I limit whole-hearted trust to people who have demonstrated their love for me. I’m not easily convinced to obey just anyone. If I were in battle, and someone ordered me to charge up a hill that was defended by a machine gun turret, I would seriously consider if I trusted that person enough to obey.
At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15 NIV84) In Jesus, we have the only person who is worthy of our complete love, trust, and obedience. He bought us, in obedience to the Father, with the sacrifice of His body. We can now honor Him with ours.
That you would live in obedience to Christ.