If you run out of gas your car will stop working. It’s so obvious, right?
Well, if it’s so obvious, why does it happen to so many people?
It’s because we don’t always pay attention to what we’re supposed to pay attention to, even when it’s important.
With that in mind, I’m hoping we can re-frame our thinking about our physical health. Here goes.
In some cultures, people think that since you can’t see your soul, prayer or God, that they must be more “spiritual” than things you can see. It follows that since you can see your body, physical health, and day-to-day activities, then they must be somehow less spiritual.
I get where that comes from. But when God created humans he made them in his image and called everything he had made “very good.” Then in 1 Corinthians 6:19 Paul says that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God…”
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you—the invisible parts of you AND the visible flesh-and-blood parts of you—are a temple of the Holy Spirit. You’re not a run-down dilapidated shed of the Holy Spirit. You’re a TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit!
In light of this, physical health is a spiritual matter.
I think you need to take care of yourself because God is working in and through you and wants you to be well.
I think he wants you to be as well as possible to help him renovate the world.
Do you need to be Arnold Schwarzenegger? Nope. But you do need to pay attention to these three things:
1. Sleep. 2. Diet. 3. Exercise.
I know, I know. It’s so obvious, right? But just like putting gas in your car, it’s easy to forget about what we’re supposed to pay attention to, even when it’s important.
Sleep. Diet. Exercise.
Physical health is a spiritual matter.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is based on my Sunday message at Westminster. It was called “Why physical health is a spiritual matter” and you can hear the podcast here. Enjoy!