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Glorify God In Your Body


by Jeri Johnson

A Contributor to The Kids & Me


Hana Yasmeen Ali was the daughter of Muhammad Ali. She published a

book entitled "More Than a Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Presented

Through His Daughter's Eyes."


In this excerpt, Hana Ali recalls a time when she and her younger sister

Laila were still living at home and preparing to go out for the evening:


When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister Laila

and I up to my father’s suite. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me

down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me

straight in the eyes and said, "Hana, everything that God made valuable in the

world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep

down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls?

Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a

beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine covered

over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to

them. Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and

pearls, and you should be covered too."




Ali's words are beneficial not only to his daughters, but also to us as

Christians. The Apostle Paul tells us that we should dress in modest

apparel (1 Timothy 2:9). Moreover, our emphasis should not be on our

outward appearance, but rather a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very

precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4). In addition, our body is the

temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are not our own. Therefore, we should

glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20).


We all have dress codes at work and our children have dress codes at

school. We readily adhere to these regulations. Does not the sovereign

God of the universe deserve any less?


Finally, Paul tells us, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be

transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that

good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). This should

apply not only to our dress, but to every aspect of our lives.

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