This is the first of a two-part series on health, this one focusing on food and the body. God has invested a great deal in us, and our health is both a blessing and responsibility. Find our what God has to say about our bodies, much of which may be a surprise. Learn how to get and keep proper motivation for getting and staying healthy by receiving His word and His power.
Easy to talk about drinking, drugs, smoking, even sex. But food and our bodies–dangerous territory for many of us!
What do you think of when you think of food? What happy association do you have?
For so many of us, food is our drug of choice.
Grandparents or great-grandparents went through the Depression. Many of them made some serious vows: I will never be hungry again. My children will never know hunger.
• 69% of Americans are overweight. Related diseases have exploded because of weight-related conditions.
• In 1995, not a single state in the US had more than 20% obese people in their state. Today, there is not a single state that doesn’t have at least 20% obese in their state!
• 50 million people will die this year from weight-related diseases.
• Infectious diseases are going down in the world, but chronic diseases related to weight are on the rise.
• Globally, as many people are dying from obesity as are dying from malnutrition.
We know what we have to do—eat healthy, eat less, get moving. Get enough sleep, reduce the effects of stress on your life.
Why don’t we stick with programs to get us healthy? Issue is motivation! We need the right motivation to stick with it. Sheer willpower isn’t enough. The only place we find that motivation is in His word and with the power of His Spirit.
I Corinthians 6:12-20
These words carry radically countercultural ideas about the body.
1) God expects me to manage my body. I’m not the owner, I’m the manager. Our bodies are on loan.
2) My body is God’s property. Not what we’ve been taught. We don’t have the right to do ANYTHING WE WANT with this body.
V. 20 “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Jesus bought my body on the cross.
3) My body will be resurrected after I die. We are currently living in version 1.0. We get 2.0 in heaven.
4) Holy Spirit lives in my body (v. 19). We are the Temple of God. We are His dwelling place.
Romans 12:1 I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy….offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
Taking care of our health is an act of worship.
For those with victory in this area, be careful of arrogance or criticism. Critics and encouragers see the same thing. It’s what they do with what they observe that makes us faithful or unfaithful to God.
Where do you want to be a year from now? Hopefully–healthier! For Jesus’ sake.