Wording of this Handout:
Rubbish tin or crystal vase?
Some christians smoke. Some Christians eat junk food all the time. Some Christians work too hard, stay up too late, and wear themselves out. In every case its the same problem - they treat their bodies like rubbish tins.
Its all very well saying "well, God is going to give me a brand new body one day" because although this is true, the body we have right now is the only on e we have to live our christian life in!
Its not my place to tell anyone what they do with their body, but the Bible does tell Christians that their body is now the "temple of the Holy Spirit," which means that the body should no longer be treated like a rubbish tin. Obviously, the better shape our body is in, the longer it will last, and the more useful it will be.
Imagine you are watching a race between some of the world's top cars. They roar round the track, changing gears and revving wildly.....and then on of the cars burns out and stops. The driver gets out and says "I wonder if it was the old oil? Or perhaps the rust in the engine? Or maybe it was the perished tires?"
So how is your lifestyle going, now that you are using you body for Jesus?
Want some of my garbage?
The Bible says: "What? don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirt who is in you, which you have of God, and you are not you own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19 (Richard's paraphrase)