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Caring for our body is a never ending task; we eat daily yet our hunger never stops; so too our eyes are never tired of seeing; our noses never tire of smelling sweet frangrances we encounter daily; our ears never get tired of hearing; and our skins never get tired of the warm embrace of loved ones.
Our body is an amazing machine of consumption of food, observations, smells, sounds, and touch. When we deny the body what it wants, it rebels, fight back, and rob us of peace. We can be so focused on feeding the unending never tired appetites of our bodies, that we lose all concern for our spirit.
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (English Standard Version) (shortened) says: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come… before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened… before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust [body] returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
What is the purpose of our spirit? Job 32:8-9 (English Standard Version) says: “But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 (English Standard Version) also adds: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly [foolish] to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
Understanding is used in the Bible passages to mean knowledge about God. We experience the physical world through our body; smilarly we experience the spiritual world with our spirits. Thus, Proverbs 20:27 (English Standard Version) says: “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.”
However, we have built a world that is more concerned about our bodies. We also choose lifestyles focused on satisfying to the fullest the needs of our bodies, but we don’t make an equal investment in feeding and growing our spirit. Thus, we end up as giants in the physical material world but spiritual babies.
Lord, show us how to grow our spirit and not just our body, Amen!