A Body You Have Prepared

“Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for Me.” Hebrews 10:5

 What an amazing verse. Paul here says He is quoting Jesus talking about how the Jewish sacrifices were only temporary and not permanently effective; Jesus came to finalize the sacrifice—to do the Father’s will in making one perfect substitution for our sins.

 Praise God for Jesus’ final, once-and-for-all sacrifice! Because of it, I walk in freedom before God; my sins forgiven, sin’s stranglehold broken, with the ability to walk in new life. Good news, indeed!

 Now, since I’m to follow Jesus, what else can I see here in this verse? What applies to me?

 God doesn’t desire my sacrifice and offering. I don’t need to do anything—indeed, I can’t do anything—to cause Him to be pleased with me or to make Him love me more. I can’t even do anything that would make Him love me less, hallelujah!

“But a body you have prepared for Me …”

When I read this verse this morning, it occurred to me that God prepared a body for each one of us—not just Jesus. And while there are obvious differences involved, that fact still merits our attention.

 The Gnostics held that man’s greatest problem was the fact that he had a body. The basic tenet of Gnosticism is dualism: the idea that the world is divided into two categories; spirit and material, and everything spirit is good while everything material is bad. “Gnostic” comes from the Greek “gnosis,” meaning knowledge—“knowledge (Gr. Gnosis) falsely so called,” as Paul states in I Timothy 6:20. Gnosticism predates Christianity, and we must realize what a powerful contention Jesus’ claim made to it.

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1,14

Wow, now that’s a problem! The Word, Who was God and therefore Spirit, became flesh. That’s the claim of Christianity, which did not make the Gnostics happy. And of course, there arose sects of “Gnostic Christianity” which said that Jesus only appeared to be human, but could not be if He were truly God. We know this is false teaching, because I John 4:2 says, “every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” It follows then, that those that don’t make this confession are not from God.

Anyway, there are probably not too many reading who would describe themselves as Gnostic, so I won’t spend any more time on that. But I did feel challenged this morning as I read that verse, “A body you have prepared for me,” to ask myself this question: Am I acting like I believe that my body was prepared for me by God?

I don’t think I am. I mean, I’d never even considered it much before, anyway, though there are other verses that say something similar, such as I Corinthians 6:10, “For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body,” and Romans 12:1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Those verses, though, tend to make me think about things like going to church, serving in nurser, getting a medical assistant training, raising my hands in worship, etc. You know, doing holy things.

Not things like toilet scrubbing, laundry folding and nose wiping.

And I do way, way, way more of things like that.

So am I thinking like a Gnostic, unknowingly?

Are you?

If God prepared this body for me, it means a few things …

First of all, I need to accept it for what it is. 5’4” and no more. Not particularly willowy, especially after eight children. Perpetually non-athletic. Less blonde than I’d like. You can make your own list of things you need to accept—perhaps your own body is having some issues right now that you’re not happy about. Maybe it’s sickly and sleep deprived. Or pregnant and nauseous. Or just plain old and tired. Whatever condition your body is in, it’s the one God gave you. Accept it! Do what you can with it, of course—take care of it; you’re the steward and you’ll give account to God for it! But accept yourself, in whatever condition you’re in right now.

Second, I need to see my body as the instrument He’s given me to do good works through. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them.” We were created for good works. We were created to bring glory to God in everything we do, and if we’re moms we have a special call to our husbands, children and homes. That means we are doing what we’re created for when we do all those not-desirable jobs! I remember very clearly one day when I was working in my children’s bathroom (I have six boys, remember? This is not a job for the faint of heart!) cleaning the bottom of the toilet (double ewww!) and lamenting that I really wished I could be doing something more important, when I suddenly heard the Lord say, “You do this for Me!”

Stunning truth! But He’s said similar things before …

“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward,” Matthew 10:42.

 If a cup of cold water given to a child merits reward, surely scrubbing their toilet counts for something! Again, here …

“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:40

 

Here’s the thing He reminded me of … no one else is going to do those things! No one else is going to train the toddler, plan great meals, or light the candles. I am God’s provision for the heart-life of my family. If I don’t do the job, it’s not getting done.

Amazing! Everything you do. From teaching a little one to read to making smore’s for a special family treat, from grocery shopping to inviting friends over for a game night, from snuggling a crying baby to encouraging your heartbroken teen … it’s all for His sake. And He sees it all.

Today, remember … your body was prepared for you by God. Use it to glorify Him as you do the good works He also prepared for you before the foundation of the world!

 

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10 Responses to A Body You Have Prepared

  1. Kei says:

    This is great!

  2. Maryjunemiller says:

    I have been reading your blog for some time now, but haven’t made myself known before. Can I just say – Thank-you from the bottom of my heart for this post! It was EXACTLY what I needed to read. I feel blessed! 
    I am a fellow homeschool momma. ( : 
    Thanks again – Mj Miller 

    • Misty Krasawski says:

      Thank you so much for saying hello! This was one of those … took-a-long-time-to-write posts. Doesn’t happen very often, which considering the chaos level of my house is probably a good thing. Anyway, thanks so much and have a wonderful day!!!

    • MistyK says:

      MJ, where did my response to you go?? It disappeared somewhere off into cyberland! So sorry!

      Anyway, thank you so much for coming out of hiding!  😉  I’m so glad you liked this post. I learn so much from the Lord when I get myself to sit still and listen that I just can’t help pour it all out “on paper” here. Thanks for sharing my day! Much love!
      Misty

  3. Nacole says:

    hi Misty,

    im over from Ann’s. ive been here once before, and it was really a blessing. dont know why i havent come back–guess ive been a little busy with four girls. 😉 but i have subscribed so that i can be reminded to come read!

    first of all, this. was. a beautiful post. so honest, so encouraging to a mother’s heart, and came at just the right time when im feeling more inadequate than i have ever felt, and things are in more chaotic turmoil than they’ve ever been. thank you for being such an encouragement today.

    we are new to homeschooling–just started and i understand the statement on the post below–“you know its bad when you want to throw in the towel. and its only September.” lol! yes, im glad someone said it. doesnt make me feel so bad about having these thoughts! im glad to know you are here, so that i can glean from what you’ve learned, just a click away. and im very interested in your planner–will probably come back later tonight to order.

    thanks so much for being a blessing to us mothers that are just starting out, or just plain struggling–homeschooling or not–all of us struggle.

    blessings,

    Nacole

    http://sixinthehickorysticks.blogspot.com/2011/09/hope-in-barren-desert.html

    • MistyK says:

      Sweet Nacole, bless you! It’s a big undertaking, this education of God’s children. Knowing that is honestly a huge part of  being prepared to do it well.

      Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I absolutely understand feeling inadequate and in chaotic turmoil … oh, too well … while we walk this earth, I don’t think we’ll escape it. Ahhh, but Jesus!

      Praying for you today, and very glad you popped in to say hello. Please do so again sometime!

      Hugs, Misty

  4. Janelle@GraceTags.com says:

    Look at those incredibly joyful little faces. You’re a good Mommy!

    Janelle
    GraceTags

    • MistyK says:

      Aww! That’s a very sweet thing to say. And yes, they’re pretty joyful little people, aren’t they? Of course, tha’ts because they’re sitting in front of a pile of smore’s …  😉 Your words are a blessing to me; thank you. 

  5. Mark says:

    I’m afraid there is no mention of ‘a body you have prepared for me’ in the Hebrew scriptures. It says ‘my ears you have opened.’ Christian translators deliberately mistranslated this verse and now millions of Christians learn from distorted Bibles.

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