Many people view scripture as having one purpose only, and that is eternal life. Our salvation and the hope of eternity is a paramount focus of the Bible; however, the Bible isn’t only full of truth regarding our spirituality. It also holds many truths for living out our everyday lives to the fullest. Even Jesus said that He came so that we may have life and have it to the full.* He is referring to the scope of our entire lives: spiritually and physically and emotionally and relationally.
God only gives you one body to work with here on earth. When your body is done, you’re done. It’s not necessarily about promoting a specific health, diet, or fitness plan, but I want to encourage you to pursue being a healthy person.
Let’s look at some scriptures that speak to the principle of caring for our bodies:
3 John 1:2, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
1 Thessalonians 4:4, “Each of you should learn to control his own body.”
1 Corinthians 6, “Your bodies are members of Christ Himself . . . your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 10:23, “‘Everything is permissible’ they say, but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive.”
Few people recognize the holistic nature of salvation and that the Bible can act as a guide to a healthy, happy lifestyle here on earth that is followed by eternal life.
Sheila and I are health conscious. Some people are more health conscious than us, and some are less. People are curious about our lifestyle, so here’s a snapshot of some things we do to pursue healthy living:
We both exercise 4–5 times a week (mostly in the morning).
We eat a low-fat diet. We don’t eat fast food or fried food (even though that is what I grew up on in the South).
We eat fish, chicken, and occasionally red meat.
We are typically in bed by 10:30pm
Five Reasons why you want to make your health a high priority.
1) You feel better. When I am eating healthy, working out, and getting a good amount of sleep I just feel better. I feel better about myself and about my day. My mind is clear, and my body feels ready to take on the next challenge.
2) You perform better. I’m a big believer in rhythms (of sleeping, eating, drinking water, and regular exercise) as a key to optimum performance. Have you noticed a lot of people get sick when they go on vacation or take a few days off? It’s probably because they got out of their normal rhythm of sleeping, eating healthy, and/or working out regularly.
3) You protect your Destiny. Many people cut short the plans God has for them by careless living. I don’t know what specifics are in your heart, but God has called all of us to belong to His family and build His kingdom on this earth. His desire is for you to live and leave a legacy of hope and faith.
4) Your self-esteem is better. It’s true that self-control builds self-confidence while a lack of self-control causes a person to feel weak, defeated, and out of control. Also, people who are healthy tend to look their best which contributes to good self-esteem.
5) Your spouse (or future spouse) is happier. Even in the Bible, it encourages husbands and wives regarding their physical bodies: I Corinthians 7:4, “The wife’s body does not belong to her alone; the husband’s body does not belong to him alone.” My reason for putting this scripture in is the connection between healthy living and happier marriages.
Here’s the deal, you can’t go where your body won’t take you. If we are going to live the fullest and best life possible this side of heaven, it’s important to take the right steps toward healthy living. I believe that God wants us to thrive spiritually and physically. What is a step you can take this week to move your life forward toward healthier living?
*John 10:10 “. . . I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."