In 1 Corinthians 6:19, we learn that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Are temples important? Absolutely. I love how Genesis 1:16 nonchalantly explains in five words: “[God] made the stars also.” Something as vast and amazing as the expanse of the Universe is introduced briefly. Yet later on, the Bible dedicates fifty chapters to the construction and significance of the Tabernacle. Through this we discover that the Bible puts its focus on redemption. The central message is the glory of God working to redeem sinful man through Jesus and enabling us to dwell forever with God. So yes, the place that God dwells is important, even if it was a temporary structure like the Tabernacle while under the law.
The fact that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit provokes wonder and a deep sense of responsibility in me. The very real presence of God is living and manifested in a special way inside of my body. With that wonder and deep sense of responsibility, I find myself examining what I put into my body. Do I really treat it like a temple or a garage?
One common statistic shows that 200 years ago, the average American ate only two pounds of sugar per year. Today, that number has jumped to 150 pounds of sugar per year. We constantly inhale substance that are scientifically created and modified, not actual food. Most of what we eat is loaded with preservatives. Even the things we think are healthy are really just empty shells of what used to be fresh and healthy. …and we just keep taking all this stuff in with very little concern.
But then we are confronted with 1 Corinthians 6:19 and we remember the place that God dwells is very important.