Is Christian Healthy Living Necessary?
In the first introductory lesson,
you found out that God took healthy very seriously that he put Israel
on a strict diet. Now let's a dig a little deeper into why we should
I found it quite fascinating the day I was asked, ‘Why should we take care of our bodies? Our bodies are only temporal. And God will give us glorious bodies anyways.’
Have you ever asked that question?
This might not be a question that we have asked out-loud, but if we have not been giving any thought to the way we treat our bodies, this question rings loud through our actions.
Being Christians, we often focused solely on our Spiritual Man, and neglect the proper care of our bodies, forgetting that we are triune beings. We are all Spirit, that has a Soul and Dwells in a body; that is triune. We should not take care of one aspect of our being neglect another.
Have you ever witnessed a scale that was off balanced or weightier on one side? What happened to that scale? It leaned on the weightier side right? And at times even topple over.
When we apply that same concept to our lives, we will see why Christian healthy living is also important.
If we focus on any aspect of our being more than the other, then we are actually ‘off balanced’. But God’s desire is for us to be completely whole that’s why this verse says
Do you realize this verse mentions three distinct areas? It speaks about our spirit, soul and our body.
Not our spirit man only, but God wants our soul and body to be cleansed and healed as well. Three distinct areas were also mentioned here in this verse
Remember, earlier, I spoke about a scale that is off balanced? Do you see God’s desire for a balance in our lives, shining in this verse? Let’s look at it for a little:
Here, John mentions his desire for us to prosper, and be in health. Then he said‘Even As’ thy soul prospers.
This is a sense of balance. This means that as we climb higher in spiritual growth, even so our bodily health and prosperity should also follow.
In addition to the above reason, let me again, answer the question ‘why should we take care of our bodies? … with another question of my own:
Need I say more?
Paul echoed it clearly. He actually sounded astonished at the beginning, that the answer wasn’t obvious. He began by saying ‘What?’ (This made me smile when I read it).
Now he explains why we should take Christian healthy living as serious as we do our spirituality, ‘ for our bodies are temples that houses the Spirit of God.’
The word temple, by definition, means a building devoted to worship, or regarded as the dwelling place for God. God hand-picked us, and chose us to be a place devoted to worship, where he is pleased to dwell. What an awesome privilege this is.
Our duty is not only to worship God with our spirit, but we must also remember to keep his dwelling place ‘Holy, Healthy and Clean’. How would you feel if you came home, one day, and your ‘dwelling place’ was completely trashed and littered?
What about if you went away on a long journey, and when you return, the area where you must dwell was broken down and abandoned. Would you be pleased?
Neither is God pleased. He left us such a vital message in this verse that I just had to share it:
1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God,
him shall God destroy;for the temple of God is holy,
which temple ye are.
Because we are God’s temples, if Christian Healthy Living has not been in our thoughts before today, we should begin thinking about making it a priority in our lives.
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Hope this introductory lessons clarified a few things. See you in the next lesson. Leave a comment below.