Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, yet have already found yourself doing the same things you used to do last year? This message is about viewing your health differently, and by differently I mean God’s way, which is the right way and best way… even if it doesn’t make sense.
- #1– Ultimately the inside (spiritual) is more important than the outside (physical), but the outside “is” important
- You’re a soul in a body, not a body with a soul
- types of people sitting in 4 different camps
- “I could care less about my body” camp – self explanatory right?
- “OCD” camp – don’t want to miss a workout
- Good intention people- have desire but lack discipline
- Balance group – not obsessed with bodies but put spiritual health before physical health
Which camp are you in? The cool thing about camping is that you can change campgrounds… if your reading this right now, it’s not too late to pack up your “stuff” and find a better campground.
I know I’ve changed camps several times. However, with knowing that the “balance” camp is the best camp, when the light comes on and I realize that I’ve drifted into another camp, thats when it’s time to choose to pack up, and refocus on moving back to the best campground. No one said it was going to be easy.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
- World views the shell, God looks at the heart
It’s nice to know that God still loves you no matter how fat you are, isn’t it? But he’s a “good doctor”, and he’s tells us that taking care of our bodies is important, but it’s still up to us to choose what campground we are going to camp in.
- 2 views of Christians
- Biblical view of exercise/fitness/nutrition
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8 NLT
- Unbiblical fatalistic view of fitness and life in general
- The view that God already has your days numbered and there is really no reason to focus on health and fitness. Just eat whatever you want and don’t bother with exercise.
- Biblical view of exercise/fitness/nutrition
It’s about finding a balance, using the mind and wisdom that God gives. There is a wealth of information available that informs us of the benefits of exercise and good nutrition and the dangers of the lack of it. To ignore these facts is foolish.
With 70+% of Americans currently being overweight or obese, and 1 out of 5 deaths attributed to being overweight/obese, I think it’s safe to say that we have a problem and it’s no laughing matter.
BUT, the funny thing about it is that we vote every time we go to the grocery store, or what restaurants we choose to go to. If more people started spending their money on healthy food instead of fast food, we’d see more healthy options get “elected” and more “unhealthy options” go out of business.
How do you vote? What do you vote for? Just like your vote counts in November, it counts every time you go shopping or go out to eat. It’s illegal to cast multiple votes in politics, but every dollar you spend is like casting a separate vote. How many votes are you casting for “healthy” candidates? for “unhealthy” candidates?
Instead of being part of the problem or a statistic, you can choose to be a part of the solution by “voting” for healthier options.
When it comes to exercises, It’s okay to be different. God made us all unique as our thumbprints so what works for you, might not work for the next guy.
I remember in college going to the gym and watching some guys work out, lifting a LOT of weight. Then I would see mostly girls on the ellipticals, bikes, treadmills.
Well guess what, I don’t like heavy weight lifting. I’m not trying to be big and bulky like Hulk. I’d rather be lean, mean and flexible, so I would jump on the elliptical and do some circuit training exercises because I tend to get bored easily… and that’s what works for me. I don’t need to lift 300 lbs to prove anything to anyone.
The point is, find what works for you, and JUST DO IT! (NIKE is not paying me for that) “Be who you iz, not who you ain’t, cuz if you iz who you ain’t, than you ain’t who you iz”
Another great step would be to find other people that like what you do too so that you have workout buddies. When times get tough, for you or them, encouragement and motivation goes a long ways when you have someone that cares about you doing it with you.
- #2 There is a synergistic relationship between the spiritual and the physical
- The Bible says, Love the LORD our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength
- Cannot deny the link between physical and spiritual
Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” – John 10:10 MSG
- You can’t enjoy an abundant and full life that God created you for if you don’t take care of the body that God put you in
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. – 3 John 2 NLT
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength – Proverbs 17:22 NLT
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. – Proverbs 3:7-8 NLT
- Fear the Lord- Spiritual… healing & strength- physical
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. -Psalm 32:3
To promote synergy like a boss it’s important to remember the link between spiritual and physical. Synergy is like 1+1 = more than 2. Doesn’t quite make sense on paper but it works out in real life.
(Physical) + (Spiritual) = Enjoyment of the Abundant & Full Life that God created you for.
- #3 How you take care of your body is a spiritual issue
- Don’t have the right to neglect/abuse body as Followers of Christ
Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1 (HCSB)
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
It’s easy to point fingers at murderers, or rapists right? Not a lot of people like talking about gluttony, especially preachers because unfortunately many of them are a part of the statistics as well.
But to know what to do and not to do it… the Bible calls that sin. I’ll be the first to tell anyone I’m not perfect when it comes to what I eat or how much I exercise… but it’s about a lifestyle choices.
What habits do you have that promote a healthy diet, and a healthy body? What unhealthy habits do you have that you need to get rid of?
It’s about stewardship, the truth that God owns everything and I own nothing, but He has allowed us to be managers of his stuff.
Bottom line, we are called to be stewards of everything that God has entrusted us with, including our bodies, so we should take care of our body!
What’s your next step? Finding an activity that you enjoy doing? Voting for more healthy “candidates”? I encourage and challenge anyone that has read this blog to take a next step that works for you!
This blog post was made possible by attending Foothills Community Church in Seneca, SC on 2/05/17 – Special thanks to Pastor Greg Oraham