Present Your Body
Here’s a sobering question: Do you think we’ll be required to give an accounting to the Lord for the stewardship of our bodies and how well we’ve taken care of them?
While exercise was not a priority in Biblical times, in Romans 12:1 Paul answers that question when he says, “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Each of us is advised to take care of our body since it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. That’s a frightening thought for most of us when we really stop to think about it! “You are not your own,” Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “For you were bought at a price” (the shed blood of Jesus Christ).
Could that mean your body is not yours, but the Lord’s? How well are we caring for the Lord’s property?
The good news is that since your body belongs to the Lord, He has a vested interest in helping you care for it. Your body is not only the temple of His Holy Spirit, it’s what you need to be able to walk around on this earth and spread the good news that Jesus is Lord.
You CAN be a FIT witness for Christ. The more fit and healthy you are, the greater the probability is that you will be around longer to carry out His will for your life.
The enemy wants you to fail at your task–to fail horribly and leave the earth before your time. He doesn’t really care that you’re going to heaven; he just doesn’t want you to take anyone else with you! If your body is out of shape and lacking energy, it’s difficult to do all the Lord is calling you to do. But you and the Lord–working together–can change that!
“What?!” you ask. “The Lord needs MY help? But He’s omnipotent, all-powerful and in control!” Well, yes–and no. He is all-powerful, but He will not wrestle the cake fork out of your hand or pick up the strings, like a grand marionette master, and animate your body to take a brisk walk. We are the ones who have to exercise our will to exercise our body and “choose life.”
You don’t have to wait to do that! You can start right now by doing something small. Would you be willing to choose to do at least one new thing for your health and fitness today? Here are some ideas: take a brisk walk, eat a raw vegetable salad before dinner, have an apple for dessert or snack instead of a sugar-laden treat, pray for God to help you make healthy choices before you eat, write your goals for a healthier lifestyle in a prayer journal.
When you feel tempted to overeat, turn to the Lord in prayer and praise, and yield to the fruit of the Holy Spirit within you. Galatians 5:23 says that one of those fruit is self-control!
Ask the Lord to help you become the person He has called you to be. You are not alone. Remember, He loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and wants you to succeed in every way. In Philippians 4:13, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Paul says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. That includes having a healthier lifestyle!
Christian Fitness Expert and author Laurette Willis is the Director of PraiseMoves® Fitness Ministry, offering fitness programs, DVDs, books and instructor training for those interested in a Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga, plus fitness for spirit, soul, and body at http://praisemoves.com. To follow Laurette on Twitter, please visit http://twitter.com/Fit4Christ, and Facebook at http://facebook.com/people/Laurette-Willis/661158603 ©2009