There have been so many people in my life who ask why I care so much about my body being physically healthy/fit? That maybe if we care a lot of our physical bodies it can bring obsession of “self”.
Well, in short, yes God really cares that we are healthy, not only physically but balanced in all areas. God cares about our physical bodies. The way to go about it is to really ask why you are trying to be physically healthy. Get to the core of it.
Is it because you feel like you need to measure up to society and media around you, you need to attain a particular weight, you envy those who have washboard abs and a J LO booty and you feel that if you get physically looking these ways then you will be happy?Maybe you are looking for the reactions people give you when you start getting results?
Again, WHY are you trying to be physically fit?
I want to share with you why I want to be physically healthy and not just looking good in my clothes. It all comes from a way of looking into the heart of God and not just my own desires of why I selfishly want to look and feel good.
Because it goes so much deeper than just looking good.
Acceptable to God. Romans 12:1 “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
The point here is not to present to God just your bodies and not your mind or heart or spirit. He is going to say very clearly in verse two: “Be transformed in the renewal of your mind.” The point is to stress that your body counts. You belong to God soul and body, or you don’t belong to him at all. Your body matters.
Does this add anything to the word “holy”? If the sacrifice of our bodily life is holy, then it is acceptable to God. So what do these words add? They add God. They make God explicit. They remind us that the reason holiness matters is because of God. They remind us that all of these words are describing an act of worship—“which is your spiritual worship”—and God is the center of worship.
Hebrews 13:16, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” When you do good, in Jesus’ name, with your mouth or your hands or your presence, your body becomes a holy, living sacrifice of worship. A body becomes a holy sacrifice of worship when it is devoted to God’s purposes of righteousness and mercy.
Probably the best explanation of holy bodies comes from Romans 6:13 “Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” where Paul said almost the very same thing he says here, using the very language of “presenting” our bodies to God, only he refers to our bodily “members” and not just our bodies.
“Present a living holy body to God” means that your members: your eyes, your tongue, your hands and feet—give your body to do righteousness, not sin. That’s what would make a body holy. God cares about our physical bodies.
How can we physically live holy lives?
What can we be doing in order to physically show that we are living holy lives? Remember we are Gods physical instrument. We need to do all we can to honor each member of our body for complete wholeness.
Remember that our goal shouldn’t just be that our physical body looks good on the outside. A man could have the biggest muscles or a girl can be thin but they could still be really unhealthy on the inside. In order for our bodies to actually be healthy on the inside as well as the outside we need to keep in mind that each “member” of our body needs proper nutrition and care. There is a reason that our bodies accept or reject certain foods. God intended for us to eat whole foods: fruits, veggies, some meat, things that have a lot of vitamins and minerals to help benefit and maintain each part of the body.
1 Corinthians 6:12-13 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.””
God made our body the way He did on purpose. When He first created the world he didn’t make McDonalds or KFC. He made fruits, vegetables, grains, animals (that He said He created for us to eat). These are the things that are intended for our bodies. We have a choice of what we want to do with our bodies. We can eat and do whatever we want with our bodies-that’s not a question. But is what you are putting inside your body helpful? Is it helping to build or tear down the temple that is the home to the spirit that God created so perfectly and intricately made. He made our bodies to be WHOLE and when we are putting added garbage into our bodies we are slowly deteriorating different “members” of our body that are created so we can be WHOLE.
Now, why exercise? Timothy 4:8 informs us, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Yes, physical training is important-it holds value. I think we get mixed up because there are some who focus ONLY on the physical aspect and neglect the spiritual. But when they are balanced, they are beneficial.
God cares about our physical bodies!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27” Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”--Even though Paul here doesn’t say that physical exercise is the most important here, he chooses the analogy of an athlete because he knows the importance of the dedication, the outcome of physical exercise that our physical body needs. If we are physically exercising with a purpose, we will be blessed in our body as a WHOLE.
Our goal in exercise should not be to improve the quality of our bodies so that other people will only admire us. Rather, the goal of exercising should be to improve our physical health so we will have more physical energy that we can devote to our goals. We need to be disciplined in all areas!
It just makes sense. Put in your body things that were intended to be there that will give you energy, build your immune system, strengthen each “member” of the body that is needed to keep strong! When you have a strong body on the inside and out you feel good about yourself! It affects everything you do in your daily life. This improves your emotional state, physical, mental and so much more! Just like we need to be living sacrifices for God Spiritiually, we need to be living sacrifices for God Physically.
Have you noticed that when you eat healthier and physically exercise you have more energy, you don’t feel sluggish, your body starts to look and feel different? That is because our body was intended for certain things to go in and to be physically active. If you don’t use/exercise certain parts of your body, they will weaken. We want to build strength in all areas of our life. All this affects our daily life. It affects the way we work and think, so let’s build our energy to do more!