Body Talk

Monday, February 7, 2000

Philippians 3:20-21 – For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. (NASB)

In my living room is a sectional sofa. This sofa is approximately fifteen years "old". It has endured claw marks by our cats, being jumped on by our children, and getting sprayed on by different kinds of foods and drinks. The other day, I noticed how, in different places, the material of the sofa is wearing thin. The armrests almost look dirty and the seat cushions do not have their buoyancy anymore.

As I contemplated replacing this "old" sofa, I was reminded of a time when I shared an embrace with my husband, times I fed and cradled our daughters, one at a time, through good times and bad, and occasions when relatives and friends shared their life stories while reclining on this "old" friend.

I am also reminded of how this too holds true for our earthly bodies. As we get older, we feel and notice changes taking place within our bodies. Housework seems to take a lot longer these days. We can't seem to do certain things quickly and easily anymore. Our hair, in some places, is showing strands of white, and our skin is thinning, and when we eat our food, it always seems to trickle down the front of our shirts or dresses.

Our earthly bodies have endured much wear and tear throughout our lifetime, some more than others. Yes, our earthly bodies are wearing down slowly, but according to God's promise in today's scripture, our "old" bodies will become like Jesus' body, incorruptible, pure!

Prayer: Father, thank you for Your promise of transforming our frail and rundown bodies into bodies of glory through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Saviour. Amen.

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