Health and Faith
These words don’t usually run together. Whats more likely to work is a Sunday buffet and Faith. Health is something that Christianity hasn’t emphasized because of the primary emphasis towards inward spiritual health. There are a few who emphasize outward health but they tend to be a little weird in their delivery of Health in faith. In the end it’s hard as a Christian to see the need to take care of our bodies. However, in my recent walk in converting my unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy and fit lifestyle, I have encountered the reality that what we do with our bodies in some ways reflects our faith and honor of God.
In the first two verses of Romans 12, it speaks about how our love for God (worship) is displayed in how we sacrifice and honor our bodies. This scripture points out the reality that our bodies are significant in the realm of true worship to Christ and I believe (now) should be as important to us. Now do we need six pack abs and the ability to Snatch 315 pounds, probably not, but a healthy lifestyle seems to play a role in our worship of God. 1 Corinthians 6:20, is a clearer example of God’s commandment to honor our body because it mentions that we were created by Him and to not honor the body would in fact be dishonoring to Him. The clarity of this message is further exemplified in the fact that it does not specifically state just our spiritual body, its our whole body.
I haven’t lived my life by this concept for some time. School, Family, Spiritual health, and Work, all vied for my time and I forgot to honor the body that God gave me. In the back of my mind, I subconsciously thought that worrying about your health and fitness was primarily for egotistical and vain human beings. Rather than being subjugated to that definition, I worked hard on trying to make sure my brain and spiritual health were more important. What happened was an unbalanced life in which my brain and spiritual health were being influenced by my lack of health and fitness. I suffered sickness and health related issues. My Rheumatoid arthritis played a larger role in my life than it should.
Two months into my journey I am noticing changes. I feel more connected with God. I feel less eager to sin. I am less likely to be laid out for days dealing with minor health issues. (Though my sleeping patterns stink and I need to work on that) I feel as if I have a new motivation to be more conscientious of balance in my life and learning how to honor God with my health. I challenge you to take the dive into a more healthy lifestyle. It will change you and in the end draw you closer to God.
P.S. I don’t write this post as one who has figured it all out. I write this as one leaving memory stones along my path to encourage, not only you, but me in this journey. I hope, whether you need this advice or not, that this would be encouragement to your life and in turn you can be an encouragement in mine.