BY: Pastor Tim Ahlman
God cares about your physical health. No, seriously – God cares more than you can possibly imagine about your physical health. Day by day transform your body.
We all know the path toward taking care of our body: eat less, eat right, drink more water, work out in some way daily, limit stress, and get enough sleep. It is not rocket science. Yet, what may be overlooked by many Christians is our motivation for staying in shape.
Take care of your body in order to maximize your energy for serving others and telling them about Jesus. That is your motivation. Vanity is not your motivation, Jesus follower. Others are your motivation. It is actually selfish to not take care of your body. The Father created your body, the Son died to buy your body at a price on the cross and the Holy Spirit lives in your body. Your body is kind of a big deal. God resides and works through your body.
Transforming your body is a stewardship issue. You’ve all heard us talk about generosity at CGLCS. God owns it all. We are simply managers. Well, our body is on loan to us from God. Your body is not yours – it is God’s. He created it. Look at it this way; if someone was vandalizing our church all of you would be vigilant to stop the vandal. Yet, when we abuse our body through addiction, sexual immorality and over-eating we are vandalizing God’s property.
You’ve heard us talk about time, talent and treasure stewardship. Physical care is the foundation for holistic generosity. If your body is healthy you’ll maximize your time on behalf of others. If your body is healthy you’ll be able to wholeheartedly use your talents for the sake of others. If your body is healthy you’ll be more productive and efficient with your work and have more treasures to share with others. Transforming your body is foundational for holistic generosity.
I’m not making this up. Read all of I Corinthians 6. In verse 19 Paul says:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for your were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.
I’ve shared numerous times that I start every day coupling physical care with spiritual care. It has been well documented that the first 5-10 minutes of your morning sets the emotional trajectory for the rest of your day. You have no control over social media. You have no control over the content on the TV or newspaper. You have control over how you start your morning. Therefore, start your day by immersing yourself in God’s Word. Do appropriate physical activity to get your heart rate up. You’ll feel better.
This blog is not meant to induce shame. We are all at different places in our physical wellness journey. Ask God for the discipline to start where you are at. He will give you strength.
Here is your challenge: take a 21-day physical wellness challenge. It takes 21 days to set a habit. Ask God to help you start your day with physical and spiritual nourishment. Set your alarm earlier. Pop out of bed with thankfulness. You’re alive. Immediately drink 40-50 ounces of water. Spend 30 minutes in God’s Word connected in some way to working out. Limit carbs and sugar. Tell one person your plan and invite them to hold you accountable. Test me on this. You’ll feel like a kid again. Okay, maybe not quite…but you will feel better.
Do you know what you’re actually doing as you take care of your body? You’re not working out for vanity’s sake. You’re worshipping! You’re worshipping the One who gave you your body. You’re inviting God to use your body on behalf of others. You’re yearning for the Day when you get your brand new body! Until that Day comes, you’re praying for opportunities to serve others in word and deed.
We are eternally the Body of Christ!
Transform your body and eternities will be transformed for the glory of our Creator God.