Last week a disturbing–but not unexpected–report came out that showed as many people die from inactivity as those who die from smoking.
If you really think about it, the report is not surprising at all. Little or no activity kills.
As Christians, we should take this to heart. God created us, and put us on earth for a purpose. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. We should seek to care for our bodies and live as long as possible to carry out His purpose. That is basically the conclusion Paul came to when he said, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Though desirous to be with the Lord, he chose to remain and be a blessing to the believers in Philippi (Philippians 1: 21-26). This should be our choice as well.
What should we do and how should we do it?
First, make a commitment to God to offer your body as a living sacrifice to Him (Romans 12:1-2). Surely, giving our body to God would include taking care of your body. We don’t need an “I’m going to start a diet next week” declaration. We need a commitment to God to place everything about us under His control. As we commit ourselves to God, we start this process in the right way.
Second, do this to glorify God. This is not about looking better or being in better shape, it is about doing everything to the glory of God. If we diet or exercise, do it for God’s glory. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
In a passage dealing with immoral behavior, Paul reminded us we are a temple of the Holy Spirit. We are not our own, we were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
Third, develop a life-long plan to care for your body and to please God in every way with the stewardship of your body. By all means, please don’t lose 30 pounds in 30 days. Rather, set out to care for your body for a lifetime.
I would suggest you work on a five year plan to “get healthy.” Getting healthy means eating right, getting exercise, sleeping well, not smoking, and a host of other issues.
I want us to have the stamina and energy to serve God for a lifetime. Glorify God with your body.
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