We are setting aside the next 7 weeks to build a stronger body. This week is all about finding your why. You can’t stay committed for the long haul if don’t have a compelling reason to. I want you to ask yourself, “Why is a stronger body important to me personally?”
I’ve already shown you that you are worth the time and effort it takes to build a stronger you and that those you love most in this world need you to take care of yourself. Today, we are going to look at how keeping our bodies strong honors the God who made us.
The third and probably most important reason you need to build a stronger body is that you owe it to God. Did you know your body isn’t even really yours? It belongs to God. He’s loaning it to you. Not only did He create you, He also bought you back by paying the ultimate price. Your physical body is the temple He lives in, the place He has chosen to dwell, His home here on earth.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
You don’t tear up books on loan from the library.
You wouldn’t write graffiti on the church walls.
So why do you think it’s okay to treat your own body worse than you would a book or a building?
Don’t you know that you are far more valuable than either of those things?
Often neglected in discussions of faith, our physical health DOES impact our spiritual health. We usually think of our physical bodies as a completely separate entity, divided from our spiritual, mental, and emotional health. But they are all very much connected and closely related. You can’t separate any one of them from the others.
Upkeep on your exterior “temple” has a lot more to do with the worship that goes on inside you than you might think. I haven’t heard any sermons on how our physical well-being affects our spiritual well-being, but I know that it does because of God’s word and my own experience.
In order to fulfill the unique purpose for which God has put us here on this earth, we must act responsibly and reverently toward the tools He entrusts to our care. Chief among those tools is our own physical body, for when our body is completely worn out, our work in this world is done. When the body is neglected, abused, or ill-cared for, it is unable to be used in service of God to the extent it would have been had it been nourished and nurtured.
In the Psalms, King David’s marvel at the human body leads him to worship the God who designed it.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
That sounds a little strange to our modern ears. What does it mean exactly to be fearfully and wonderfully made?
In this passage “fearfully” indicates a reverent awe of God’s wisdom in the beautiful intricacy of our design and creation. Our bodies are incredibly amazing and beautifully complex beyond our ability to imagine or comprehend. Consider the following:
And this is only the tip of the iceberg! God’s immeasurable power and creativity are only hinted at in the miraculous virtues of the human body.
Here the word “wonderfully” refers to our uniqueness and the fact that we are “set apart” by God.
We are separate—wholly different from all animals, creatures, organic material and inanimate objects.
We are unique—there is no other being like humans in Heaven or Earth.
We are distinct—there is no other person just like you. Each human life is special, valuable, and irreplaceable by any other. You are suited specifically to the purpose for which you have been created.
When we think of these things, our only right response can be thanksgiving and praise to the One who made us. David begins with “I praise you because…”
Never resent God for the way He made you. Even the aspects of yourself you may deem to be faults, limitations, or blemishes, He has carefully crafted to use for His glory. God never makes mistakes. There are no accidents in the creation and formation of humans made by His hand in His image for His glory.[tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#stronger”]God never makes mistakes. I am His masterpiece~wonderfully created and beloved of God.[/tweetthis]
Listen to “Flawless” by Mercy Me and know that God only sees you as flawless.
Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain the weary and equip people to live a life of faith filled with purpose.
Learn more at elizmeyers.com.