I am certainly not the most qualified person to be preaching to others about that. The past thirty years I have not been a good Steward of my body in the area of getting ample rest. I worked a full-time job through the day, did ministry through most of the night, and overtaxed my body trying to keep up.
On the other hand, perhaps I am the right person to address this subject to others. I know firsthand the negative impact of overdoing it through work and ministry.
Being a good steward of your body is not limited to getting proper rest. It also includes adequate physical exercise and maintaining good eating habits.
In a previous blog post, I addressed a study that suggested A Link between Faithful Church Attendance and Obesity. According to the study, young adults who regularly attend church are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than young adults who have little or no religious involvement.
“These findings highlight a group that could benefit from targeted efforts at obesity prevention,” the study’s lead investigator was quoted as saying.
Reasons to Be a Good Steward of Your Body
I don’t believe we can be our best at serving the Lord if we fail to give due attention to our physical well-being. If you are not being a good steward of your body, here are several reasons you should start doing so.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you (1 Corinthians 6:19). This reason for being a good steward of your body has nothing to do with what you eat or whether or not you exercise. Rather, it has to do with your lifestyle or behavior. Those are the areas that can grieve the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
You are what you eat. Many if not all medical experts agree that many of our health problems are directly related to poor eating habits. You can’t consume excessive amounts of foods high in calories, fats and cholesterol without adversely affecting your health.
Oh my goodness, those are the exact kinds of foods you tend to find at most local church social gatherings. I’m just saying that local churches often fail to lead by example when they gather in the social hall.
Poor physical health affects the quality of your service to God. I know all too well the negative impact of not getting enough rest. It does not matter how much you love to pray and study the Bible, for instance; if you live a sleep-deprived life, you will consume excessive energy trying to stay awake instead of praying and studying the Bible to edify yourself.
Of course, no matter what our physical condition is, we can serve the Lord. But the healthier we are physically, the more effectively we can do that.
The doctor is not the enemy. I’m throwing this one out because some people of faith seem to think the doctor is the enemy. They dismiss bad medical reports from doctors as being from the enemy and choose to do nothing about their revealed medical condition. This mindset is not conducive to being a good steward of your body. I thank God for medical doctors who do what they do to keep me healthy so I can more effectively serve the Lord. How about you?
Let me stress the point that being a good steward of your body is not about glorifying the flesh as the world does. Rather, it is to maximum serving the Lord. “Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
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