1 Corinthians 6:19-20 AMP
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
When going through a challenge, it can be very easy to neglect the scriptures because we don’t think that they have any spiritual relevance. However, I’ve learned from my Pastors, my wife, and personal experience that life is spiritual. No matter how small the issue may seem, it is important to understand what the Word of God says about it. You will receive insight on how to navigate your way through life successfully. Consider how you take care of your body for example; although many wouldn’t consider the spiritual implications, it’s very important to do so.
Your body is the house for your spirit and if you are born again, it is also the place where the Holy Ghost dwells. Think about it; the creator of the universe is the one living inside of you. This means that you ought to recognize His presence and give Him the honor He deserves. Think about your lifestyle: is your body a place that the Holy Spirit is pleased to be in? This is an important question because the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit can be grieved by the way we live (Ephesians 4:30 NLT). Neglecting to take care of yourself grieves Him because He won’t be able to work out His divine purposes through you.
Maybe the Lord has called you to be a minister of music. It wouldn’t be wise to incorporate smoking into your lifestyle because you’d destroy not only your voice, but also vital internal organs. Although there is no scripture that explicitly mentions smoking being a sin, the opening scripture gives us a principle to live by. Furthermore, the Word tells us in James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them (NIV)” What is okay for someone else to do may not be the best thing for you because of the calling God has for your life.
Even when you’re at work thinking about the people you want to reach with the gospel, how much impact can you make if you’re not getting optimal rest and eating well? Your energy levels would be low, you’d feel sluggish, and most likely wouldn’t think as sharply as you should. That’s not excellence and you could never be bring glory to God in your job with that kind of lifestyle. People should be able to look at you and wonder how you produce such high quality work. Of course the Holy Spirit empowers us from within (Philippians 4:13) , but remember that He is the Spirit of Wisdom as well (Isaiah 11:2) and wisdom is practical. There are things that we can do to ensure we’re taking care of our bodies.
Here are some areas to consider:
Sleep: Everyone’s body is different, so don’t compare yourself to others. Think about how much sleep your require for your daily tasks. Some things may need to be sacrificed in your schedule to go to bed earlier, but it is a worthwhile adjustment.
Diet: Because your body is made of the earth, it needs specific nutrients to function at its optimal level. Do your research and find out what works for you. Budget properly to do grocery shopping that is conducive to your lifestyle. For example, if you’re an athlete, it would be best to eat food that can help you recover quickly.
Exercise: This one isn’t as hard as people make it seem. You don’t have to sweat an ocean everyday at the gym to be fit. Going to the gym is great, but there are other little things that you can do to ensure consistent physical activity. Riding a bike, walking or jogging in your neighborhood, using stairs instead of elevators, parking your car further from the front door at the store are all simple ways to increase physical activity.
Water: Very simply, drink lots of it EVERYDAY (keep it purified!)
Body knowledge: If you’ve passed puberty I believe it’s fair to assume that you know your body well enough know how it reacts to certain things (food, injury, fatigue, etc). Pay close attention to these reactions so that you can pace yourself appropriately throughout the day.
I hope that this has encouraged you to live a healthier life that will enable you to honor the Lord.
Until next time,