Leviticus 15:31 “‘Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them.'”
IT’S A HOLY THING
Leviticus is not the easiest book in the Bible to read. Some chapters seemingly have no context for today. But oh, how we miss it. Look at today’s reading in chapter 15. This is a chapter on the importance of cleansing unhealthiness. God gave them guidelines to get checked out and cleansed. Remember, this is God talking, not just some person. And if God says it, it must be important.
But look at why they are to keep from uncleanness – “so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them.” God’s place of dwelling with them, the tabernacle, was a holy place. He demanded cleanness. What is His tabernacle today? He dwells IN us through the Holy Spirit.
Our children can be taught this truth at an early age. As believers, our bodies are God’s dwelling place, His tabernacle, here on earth. The Holy Spirit lives within us. So, we need to make sure that everything we do to our bodies is done with that in mind. Keeping oneself clean and healthy is important.
Without sounding too simplistic, your children need to know that once they accept Christ as their Savior, their bodies no longer belong to them. They are responsible to God how they treat it. Why is that important. Because the world sees your body, and nothing you do to it should take away from Christ in you. Even our bodies should not give a message that points them in any other direction.
Can I get personal for a moment? “By all means, Carl.” Thanks! Stop treating your body as your own personal billboard for YOUR personality. As a believer, you represent Christ. Advertise Him, not yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to wear high collars and long skirts ladies. This doesn’t mean men have to wear suits and ties all the times. But let your physical appearance NOT be a deterrent to someone seeing Christ in you.