Does God want me (the Church) to Exercise and Eat right?
Absolutely! Without a doubt….take a moment what do you think Adam and Eve looked like..now remember God did create them in His image…..In my minds eye they must have been the most prettiest, healthiest, put together humans in all of his creation. He says in his word that “It is fearfully and wonderfully made…it is intricately fashioned.” That tells me they were both perfect……not a flaw, not an extra ounce of fat to hide, well defined muscle, clear eyes to see with, no inflammation in their joints, and ladies I am sure of it the word cellulite was not even created….. Then God goes on to say he placed them in beautiful Garden of Eden where it was plentiful with vegetation and plants that was put there for nourishment to feed their perfectly made bodies…I can’t even imagine that you would see any hamburgers, French fries, pizza, sugared coated donuts, and pot tarts on any of those trees.
God’s value for the human body extends beyond creation all the way through to death. Another passage in the Bible gives evidence to that, “God himself made sure that Moses body got a decent burial. Sum it up…If “God made it…then God values it”
By Mark Twain…He once said, “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you had rather not.”
I should see My Body as a Temple where God lives…..
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” I Corinthians 6:19, NIV
When God looks at your body, He sees a temple where He lives. Your body is meant to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Keep in mind, just like the temple, the body is a place of worship, but it is not an object of worship. We worship in the building, but we don’t worship the building, but because it is God’s building we respect it and keep it clean and honor it by the way we occupy it. Just as we are to respect and take care of the one house (the building) we are to respect and take care of the other house (the body). That is exactly what we are told in another part of scripture,
“Every one of you should learn to control his body, keeping it pure and treating it with respect, and never regarding it as an instrument for self-gratification, as do pagans with no knowledge of God”.
“I should see my Body as a Tool that God uses. “Therefore honor God with your body.” I Corinthians 6:20
Give your body as a tool that will be the most useful.
What I eat is that a concern of God?
It is wrong to stuff God’s temple with food as it is to stuff God’s temple with smoke, drugs, alcohol. Some people are slaves to their own bellies. Paul states this “God has given us an appetite for food and stomachs to digest it, but that doesn’t mean we should eat more than we need. Don’t think of eating as important, because someday God will do away with both stomachs and food.” I Corinthians 6:13)
Just a note on Exercise…..
The reason why all of us ought to exercise is not to improve the quality of our body or the look of our bodies so that other people will notice us or admire us. It should be to get our physical health to the point that we will have more physical energy that we can devote to godliness and spiritual things.
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. I Timothy 4:8
God deserves to live in the best body you can give him.
To the Church
God cares about what you do with your body. Caring for your physical life is not just a physical issue, but it is a moral issue and spiritual issue. The right use of your body honors God and glorifies Him. YOUR Body is HIS Body! We are responsible for taking care of the gift he gave us. His Spirit in us we have been bought with the price of the blood of His son, Jesus Christ and that is why health is a matter of Holiness. So yes God wants you to exercise and eat right.