Our destinies are very much defined by our internal sense of personal value. People who are convinced their life matters treat themselves very differently. Listen to what the Scriptures go on to say: “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins people commit are outside their bodies, but those who sin sexually sin against their own bodies. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Cor. 6: 18 -20Those who believe their lives are significant behave in ways that are very different from the vast majority of us who think so poorly of ourselves. Those who believe their lives are significant actually run away from things they know will hurt them. In this particular case, believers were encouraged to run because sexual sin has the unique capacity to directly harm their bodies. They should also run away because they now knew their bodies were the actual dwelling place of God. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, in the Old Testament, God’s glory appeared in a room in the Temple. Now, because of what Christ accomplished, one member of the Trinity (the Holy Spirit) dwells within each believer. Broken, sinful, humans are now the dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and if a holy God is willing to dwell within a believer then our lives, our souls, and our bodies gloriously matter! Scripture is telling us that if we really understand and really believe the value God has given to all of who we are – we will live in a way that lines up with our value.God’s word provides yet another brilliant insight for conquering human weakness. What I believe about the totality of my personal value determines how I live my life. In this particular case, the Christian men of Corinth needed to reorient their whole life experience around the fact that God lived within them, and begin using their bodies as if they had real significance. If we believe we are unimportant, and our lives are insignificant, we will live according to our perceived lack of value. We won’t run away from harmful activities, even when we’re aware they could be harmful. Through Jesus Christ, God has provided each believer an amazing gift. Not only does God’s glory actually dwell within, but God’s Spirit is actively steering us to that which heals us, and from that which degrades us. How is your perception of your value affecting your life?