The holiday season is upon us and with that food galore. Statistically, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays Americans consume the most food, with Super Bowl Sunday being the top bonanza day of food consumption. Statistics also show that the average Christmas meal hovers around 3000 calories, not including the other food consumed throughout the day; frankly when I think of what we eat Christmas day, it scares me more to think what we eat on Thanksgiving (lost count of how many pies we made this year 🙂 and Super Bowl Sunday. All the junk food we consume. Ouch!
My intentions are not to give you tips on what to eat, but stir you up to fight for a healthier version of you. This week I was reminded again of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The majority of us Christian bloggers focus on the importance of renewing our minds, dealing with thought life and the condition of the heart. The mind is indeed a battleground to defeat and our spirits do need to be in tune with the Father; Paul’s intent in this verse, however is a friendly and practical reminder of the importance of not only renewing what’s on the inside, but also dealing the outside, our physical body.
I don’t sense Paul being condescending or condemnatory. He is appealing to us about the health of our bodies, because frankly, when we want to gratify our fleshly desires we’ll do anything to excuse our behavior. When we want that burger with all the fixings, sweet potato fries, and large soda, we’ll do just about anything to justify our wish; after all we can hit the gym tomorrow…maybe for 3 hours non stop to burn those extra calories.
Paul reminds us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should be cared for as such. Would you let your home become run down and falling apart? If repairs are needed we typically renovate and fix it to suit our comfort and pleasure. Would you let your car break down if you knew repair and maintenance would allow more security and peace of mind?
Shouldn’t we treat our bodies the same way, eat properly and exercise? Proactive maintenance is better than a large repair when something has broken down. We are, after all the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and we should be mindful of His presence in and around us.
Being proactive in managing our bodies, allows us to not only enjoy physical health, but also clarity of mind and happier living. There is no end to the amount of literature and focus on the topic now a day. If you’ve struggled with being sick because of poor nutrition, you know what I mean. I was there 4 years ago and it took some strict orders from my doctor to make some drastic changes. You don’t have to wait until that point, start now! Know your limits and take care of yourself! Being proactive with our health will also allow us to carry out God’s purpose for our lives. Whether that purpose is being the best dad, mom, son, daughter or employee/employer, good health is important.
Honoring God with our bodies, as Paul says, can look different for everyone. For some it may mean more exercise and for others a healthier diet. It may be allowing God to renew your mind or allowing Him to free you from drugs or sexual addiction struggles. We need to take personal responsibility for our physical condition and allow God to work in every sphere of our lives.
In Romans, Paul clearly says “we were bought with a price,” the very life of the son of God. The answer therefore is yes, we ought to honor God with our bodies, but then again we ought to honor God with every part our being.
So this Christmas season, let’s eat healthier and use some of our free time to exercise so we won’t need to make a New Year resolution we will not be able to keep. 😉 This holiday season, let’s all fight for a healthier me.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.