1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says: 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The two general things that we should glorify God with is our physical body and our spirit. Both of these are not our’s, but God’s because He is the one who gave them to us when we were first conceived in our mother’s womb.
First, I’m going to talk about our physical body. Everyone today is always wanting the nicest bodies and the next health fad that only lasts for a season. If we would just stay committed to eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting the proper rest we need each day, our bodies would be healthier, and we would probably have more energy to get through each 24-hour period. It isn’t an “I SHOULD live a healthy lifestyle”, it is a “I am REQUIRED by the God of this universe to live healthy because that is what 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says for me to do.” Living a healthy life takes lots of effort, and you have to want it. I know this for a fact being that my family and I had to change the way we eat this year. Over the summer, I found out that I was pre-diabetic and basically on the border line of becoming a full-on diabetic. My endocrinologist told me and my parents that if I did not change to a low carb diet, I would have to be put on diabetic medication. I can say that we haven’t eaten the healthiest things 24/7, but a majority of the time since we got that news, we have completely changed what we eat and how much we eat. The next time I saw my endocrinologist, he was very tickled at the fact that I had lost weight and stayed committed to eating low carb meals. Yes, I have my “cheat” days, but I believe that the news we received was a wake-up call and a “last chance” deal that God had given us to change our eating habits before I became a diabetic.
Moving on, let’s talk about our spiritual body. Some of you may have read all the way up to this point, and now you are about to click out of the post because you don’t want anything to do with Christianity or spiritual matters. I encourage you to keep reading. Our inner body is the most important thing about us. It is the very thing that either goes to burn in a lake of eternal fire in hell if you don’t accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or it is the very thing that will live forever in heaven after you die because of your decision to surrender your life to Christ. Your choice, but we aware that Jesus spoke more about hell in the Bible than heaven. Why? Because He wants you to know that He paid your debt of sin on a rugged cross so you can spend eternity with Him. Hell was never meant for you and me, but because of the choice that Adam and Eve made in the Garden of Eden, we all are under a curse and destined to hell because of our sinful, wicked, and rebellious ways. I am so thankful that God has provided a way out of that, because I most certainly do not want to burn forever. To live our lives for Christ is to die to our selfish ways and live wholly for Him all the days that we are here on this earth. Once, you have accepted Jesus, you are to also live a healthy lifestyle spiritually. His Word is the meat that we need on a daily basis. It is what fills our empty spiritual stomachs. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” I can honestly say that I haven’t been as committed as I should be to reading the Bible daily. When I don’t spend time with the Lord, I feel as if there is an emptiness and dissatisfaction in me. The only way that that feeling goes away is if I read Scripture. It is as if the Lord is proving to me that He truly is the only one that can satisfy our hungry needs and wants. Another thing we need to do in order to maintain a healthy relationship with God is by prayer. If we didn’t talk to our family and friends on a regular day-to-day basis, how could we keep an on-going relationship with them? We couldn’t. The same applies with Christ. If we don’t talk to Him, how will we maintain a healthy relationship? We wouldn’t. The way He speaks to us is by reading His Word. Which again, is the meat that we desperately need daily. To exercise our spirits, we are to put God’s Words to practice. How? By spreading the gospel and serving others like Jesus and His disciples did. There are many ways we can do so. In just about every community, there are several ways that people can volunteer. That is simply serving without receiving a pay. And, while we are serving, we can open up a conversation about Christ.
Healthy living not only benefits our own selves, it ultimately glorifies God, the One who gave us our bodies (physical and spiritual). It is up to us whether we are going to obey His commands or not. Will it be hard? Absolutely, because this world is going to encourage us to be couch potatoes. But, with the strength and power of God, we can do all things through Him Who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).