Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NRSV)
As I type, at this very moment, the U.S. Senate is working feverishly to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If they are successful, this move will adversely affect millions of Americans who are in need of appropriate health care. I believe that it is not by chance that our scheduled topic for today is Health & Wellness. Because no matter how the adversary attacks the health and well-being of God’s people — especially through adverse legislative reforms–it is ultimately up to us to take care of our own bodies and to treat our bodies like the temples which they are.
The original context for 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 is Paul giving the Corinthian people instructions with regard to sexual morality, beginning at the 12th verse. However, it is clear in verse 19 that regardless of the original context, Paul is reminding the people that the physical body is a temple which houses the Holy Spirit which is given by God. Given by God….that means that the Holy Spirit is not only gift from God, but that the Holy Spirit resides in each of us.Our bodies, the very bodies that we walk around in each day are housing a gift from our Lord. This is why Paul says that our bodies are temples. And if our bodies are temples, then we must, without questions, take care of them. Taking care of our health is biblical, it is important, it is mandatory and without question.
If we were to walk into the church and see someone vandalizing the pews, tossing the communion table and wrecking the pulpit, we would have a fit! We would do everything in our power to stop and prevent them from wrecking and tearing up the church—the sanctuary. We most likely would call the police and have them arrested because they have vandalized the sanctuary, the temple. Well, when we smoke, when we drink excessively, when we overeat and eat the wrong foods that are not good for us, when we do not exercise, we are vandalizing our temples. We are wrecking the temple that houses the gift from God. Why are we not upset with the vandalizing of our bodies like would would be if the church building were being vandalized?
So many times we are asking God to heal our bodies but we are not helping our bodies. How dare we ask God to heal us, when we don’t help ourselves?! How dare we ask God to move in our lives, when we don’t move our feet!? When we go to God asking him to intervene in our health, he is watching to see if we’ve been good stewards over the temples he has give us.
My brothers and sisters, it’s not too late to change our habits. Small habits…remember, small steps lead to big changes. Perhaps you’re not ready to run several miles a day (some of us are not ready to run ONE mile a day!) But you can do 10-15 minutes of stretching or yoga. You can strengthen your mental health by starting off with 3 minutes of meditation, 3 times a day. By now I hope we know that meditation is not contrary to Christian principles, like so many people have said in years past. Rather true meditation strengthens our focus and resolve allowing us to be better practitioners of God’s word. Many of don’t get the proper amount of rest. Try going to bed 10 minutes earlier every two to three days until you reach your full 8 hours of sleep. It will make a huge difference. And don’t forget you can change your eating habits. Change what goes into your body. Debra Haynes, the wife of Rev. Dr. Freddie Haynes, of the Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, has a wonderful book entitled the Healing Kitchen: The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Living. If you desire to change your eating habits so you can live the best life possible, so that you can be the vessel God has called you to be, I encourage you to change your eating habits. Start with the Healing Kitchen. Change your exercise habits (or start an exercise habit!) Strengthen your mental health. Perhaps you need to visit a mental health practitioner. One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that every American can have access to mental health care. Take advantage of it before it’s snatched from us.
As Christians our health is not debatable. As disciples we must be diligent about our overall health. God needs us free from disease and limitations on our bodies! God is depending us on. The kingdom needs us! The kingdom needs YOU!
What are you doing to improve your health and well-being for the sake of God and His kingdom? Feel free to answer in the comments section as an encouragement to others! And don’t forget to share this post so that someone can be encouraged to change for the kingdom.
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