It's another New Year which means millions of people, including Christians, will make resolutions to lose weight and get more exercise.. Unfortunately many will give up before the end of February and go back to their old lifestyle of eating more and exercising less.
Resolutions aside there is one good reason Christians should make a concerted effort to take care of themselves it is because God gave mankind a physical body He meant to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit. Not just any vessel either. In various Bible verses such as 1 Corinthians 6:19 -20, the human body is referred to as being a Temple for the Holy Spirit.
“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.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20 ESV
In 1 Corinthians 3:17 Paul offers a stern warning concerning the proper care and feeding of a person's physical body, Paul warns, “If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
Paul offers this warning because he is concerned about the welfare of Christians who take lightly the need for keeping their body, (The Temple) in the best shape possible. Destroy the temple by not being up to the task of keeping the body healthy and he warns, “God will destroy you.” What form that destruction is can only be guessed at but if the body is not taken care of it can lead to a less productive life and possibly a premature death
In Romans 12:1-2 ESV, Paul refers to being physical fitness as a living sacrifice, He says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
While the main focus of the Christian life is to focus on the Spiritual side of the relationship with God it is only one side of the equation. How well the temple of God is treated and taken care of, according to Paul, is a direct act of “spiritual worship.”
If the body is not taken care of then the Temple of God suffers through many diseases and ailments causing the body to be in a constant state of disrepair. When the body is not functioning at its physical best then it can also take its toll on the spiritual side of life and lead to many mental and physical ailments like depression, diabetes, heart disease and more.
While there will be no BMI index requirement to get into Heaven and God does not judge a person based on their physical appearance or size it is important to take care of the body because as Larry Woods said in an article on Biblenews1.com, “The physical body needs exercise to maintain health. And without a body, there can be no Spiritual life on this Earth.