Yep. Gods don’t have to be made of gold and set up in your living room. They can easily be made of flesh and blood. They can be what your soul is encased in right now.
In fact, I would argue that is the case for most of us.
The world we live in tells us that we should be able to get everything we want. That might be pleasure, money, popularity, and so many other things. What these really work to serve though is ourselves. When we are obsessed with our possessions or our image, our first priority–what we worship–is flesh. Our flesh.
Matthew 28:37 says
If we are loving Jesus with all our heart, soul, and mind, our focus is on Him.
So what does this mean about our lifestyle choices?
There is a very thin line to draw between leading a healthy lifestyle to glorify God and worshiping our bodies. I want to make it very clear before I begin posting about health choices that when our focus strays from giving God glory, we have gone too far. We have all have been entrusted with bodies. At creation, God commanded Adam to care for creation. We are part of that creation.
All this being said, here are a few ways in which we will explore a healthy, glorifying lifestyle.
- First and foremost, we cannot use our bodies as a mode for sin.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 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 you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” This verse is often taken as we have to be healthy. Because our body is a gift from God, we should not do things that put it in jeopardy. Yes. That is true. But in this case, Paul is speaking toward sexual immorality. The Christians in Corinth were using their bodies to bring themselves pleasure rather than to bring God glory, and if we are not careful, our bodies can be transformed into a vehicle to foster attention.This is not what we were made for. Our bodies will grow old. They’ll get wrinkly and sick and just stop working. They will bring us temporary pleasure but that pleasure won’t fulfill the desperate need for a savior we possess. As Christians, our first and foremost goal is to treat our bodies as a temple for Jesus. When people look at me, do they see him? Is my body a place where God would be pleased to reside?
- Eat the food He has provided.
- This one can be very hard. For example, this morning I ate no bake cookies and sprite for breakfast. Yeah…. I am definitely not perfect! BUT I really want us to understand that He does all things for a purpose, and He purposefully gave us fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and every other natural entity made for eating. Our bodies work best when we fill them with natural foods. Jamie Balmet does an excellent job contextualizing the importance of natural eating in her blog post What does Living Natural have to do with being a Christian? Check it out!
- Exercise. But not too much.
- In a world where sitting contains the vast majority of our day, I can’t help from wondering how far out of God’s design our lazy habits lie. Think about it. We wake up and go to our breakfast table and sit. Get ready. Go to school/class. Sit for eight hours. Come home. Do homework at our table. Then watch TV on the couch… All while sitting. Yet we were given legs for a reason! We are suppose to be physically working each day, and our bodies wish for us to do so. Again, any good thing in excess is not glorifying to God. In her post, What The Bible Says About Exercise, Courtney demonstrates the importance of exercise in relation to a strong spiritual walk with Jesus. They do not equate. Exercise can be a powerful tool for our spiritual lives, but the minute we begin exercising solely to “look good” we have crossed the ‘glorifying me’ line.
Each of my posts will revolve around these aspects of using our bodies to glorify God. Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts or questions I can answer by commenting!