This past Sunday I spoke for the first time ever in my ministry on the need to live a healthy life. We took a look at what the bible has to say about taking care of our bodies. The verse that I really wrestled with all week was Romans 12:1 that says “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him” (NLT). It literally says that how we present our bodies to God is a way that we worship Him. I began to think about how I manage my own body. Do I take care of it properly? If I take care of it better, can I better serve God and be available for His service? Here are some specific ways that you can better take care of your body.
Many of us live such cluttered, busy lives that real rest is difficult. The fact that I am writing this at 2:30 AM is a sign that I struggle with this myself. The pressure and demands to perform at high levels often cause us to sacrifice our own health by not resting. Psalm 127:2 says “It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Our busyness causes us to miss out on the rest God desires for us to have.
Eating the right foods
I think most of us recognize the need to eat better foods. We often find comfort or distraction in our food. When God first made covenant with the people of Israel, He set out certain foods for them to eat. The reason was not for punishment as much as it was for health. Someone may ask if I am promoting a Levitical diet and the answer would be not necessarily. I would however suggest that we revisit some of the reasoning God placed that in the covenant and make better food choices ourselves. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Some may consider this to be the least spoken about subject in the Bible where this list is concerned. But exercise helps us to take care of our body and reflects our discipline. 1 Timothy 4:8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” Training your body is a good thing. Are there more important things? Possibly so. However it cannot be ignored. It is much easier to carry the gospel in a well maintained vehicle.
I encourage you to have a plan to stay healthy and live it out. Rest, eat right and exercise so that your body reflects your worship to God.