During these first few weeks of January, it seems like I hear the word “resolution” more than I hear it the rest of the year. When I hear that word, “resolution”, more often than not, there is some connection to losing weight, or exercising more.
In this post, I’m not going to recommend the South Beach Diet, or the Atkins Diet, or the Daniel Plan (though they are all probably excellent programs), nor will I give you specific sets of exercises and measurements that every person should be doing (for example, walk every day for a half hour, do 100 sit ups a day, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, etc.).
What I will give you is general, but very wise counsel from the Bible. The Bible says:
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness
Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
And as for advice regarding taking care of our bodies, God’s Word, says this:
Romans 12:1 – (nlt) “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
So, like the Apostle Paul, I plead with you to heed this counsel:
- start with the motivation of understanding what He has done for you (and me) – He literally died on a cross, so that your sins and mine could be forgiven and we could be reconciled back to our Heavenly Father—–the way we live should be gesture of our gratitude.
- give your bodies to Him…as a living and holy sacrifice the kind that He will find acceptable–we are to give Him our best. In one place in the Bible – Malachi 1:6-11 (although there are many other places I could reference), God was upset with His supposed-followers because they were giving Him sacrifices that were injured or sick. These people seemed to have no problem giving God their leftovers and their second-hand “sacrifices”, so that they could keep the best for themselves. God saw not only what they were doing outwardly, but also inwardly. How do you think He felt as He saw their hearts and saw their total lack of appreciation, or respect, and their utter selfishness? How would you have felt? So, how do we apply this principle? Purpose to give Him your body (and really, your whole self) in a way that would most honor Him. What can I do in terms of my exercise habits, or my eating habits (related to both healthy foods, and non-healthy foods), as well as the amount of sleep I regularly get that could help me offer to God my very best?
- Lastly, as we consider all He has done for us, and we realize that we have a choice in determining what condition our body is in (and our mind), thus, helping us to be more useful in our service for Him, let us realize that offering our body to Him is a form of worship. Let’s give Him our best!
As to “next steps”, let me encourage you:
- pray about this whole topic of presenting our body to God
- look to memorize this verse (Romans 12:1) and meditate on it. Keep thinking about it and asking God to guide you into forming healthy habits for your body and mind
- Execute those habits