My body does not belong to me. It belongs to God. He created it - physically AND spiritually. So often when we think of the relationship between God and our bodies, we think spiritual. However, my body was made by God for Jesus and His purpose. I need to take care of it. If Jesus cares about our bodies - I need to too.
To not get enough sleep, to overeat (gluttony), to not exercise - is to abuse what belongs to God. That puts my body and taking care of it in a whole nother thought. Wow.
I started reading The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren and the first chapter was a vivid, well-needed, and undeniable reality of what goes through my mind as I think about my physical body and the conviction to take better care of it. What went through Rick Warren's mind as he was convicted of how he eats and doesn't care for his body is almost exactly what goes through my mind.
One thing he wrote that has me thinking... "What you do with your body sets the tone for everything else. Physical health influences your mental health, your spiritual health, your emotional health, your relational health, and even your financial health. How many times have you read a book, heard a message, or attended an event that motivated you to make some change, but then you didn't have the physical energy to do it? Instead, you laid down on your couch and watched TV."
My body was "made for the Lord". I want that one thought to stick in my mind today as I battle eating right and getting exercise. I also need to keep that fresh in my mind as I continue to read The Daniel Plan. And the thought of tackling this as a church is still fresh in my mind. I don't think I'm the only one who struggles with the need to take better care of our bodies. It might not be talked about a lot in church - in fact, I can't recall ever hearing a single message or emphasis on our physical bodies. On the surface it just doesn't seem very spiritual. But then when we let the truth sink in that our bodies "were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies." - it becomes a spiritual and biblical issue. Right?