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Want a Closer Relationship with Christ? Be Physically Healthy

Wed, May. 31, 2017 Posted: 10:58 AM


It’s true that Christ will love you no matter what you look like. You can weigh 125 pounds or 325 pounds, and he’ll still accept you for who you are. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be healthy. There are many ways that a healthier lifestyle can actually bring you closer to your savior.

Our Bodies Were a Gift: Let’s Keep Them Healthy

A fundamental Christian belief is that our bodies and spirits are separate entities. When we die, our spirits will pass on to the other side and our bodies will remain on earth. Some Christians also believe in a resurrection in which their body will eventually join the spirit on the other side.

The body is a gift from God to house our spirits and enjoy our earthly living. We know that, barring illnesses we have no control over, if we treat it correctly and avoid external harm, we can experience general health and wellness. Our limbs and joints will move as we ask them to, we’ll be able to think clearly, and we’ll live a long life.

It follows that if we’re taking care of our physical bodies, our spirits will be happier. Research proves that if you eat well and exercise regularly, your mood improves, you’re less likely to experience mental illnesses, and you’re more motivated and productive.

We’ll also be blessed by our willingness to keep our bodies healthy and happy. When we take care of the gifts the Lord gives us, we receive more blessings, including an increase of faith.

Scriptures Command Us to Be Healthy

The importance of caring for our bodies can be found in the Bible.

First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."

Additionally, First Timothy 4:7-8 says, "Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

The value and blessings of a healthy body are laid out in plain terms for us.

Take Care of Your Bodies for a Stronger Spiritual Relationship

The blessings of health and happiness are in reach. As you exercise, eat well, and promote critical thinking, you will see a stronger spiritual relationship grow. Here are some things you can do to draw closer to Christ.

Learn Self-Discipline

When it comes to eating healthier and exercising, learning self-discipline is key. You’ll be able to say no excess treats and sacrifice a little downtime to exercise for 30 minutes a day.

Self-discipline takes practice and the right mindset. You must set your goal and develop a routine so that it becomes a habit. As you learn self-discipline in your physical health routine, you’ll also learn it in your spiritual life. You’ll spend more time in prayer, studying the scriptures, and serving others. This is a habit that transcends beyond the physical realm.

Lose a Little Weight

There’s no reason to go after a model-thin body, but if you’re bordering on obese, like two thirds of the American population, it might be time to change some of your habits. As you do so, your body will regain some of its normal functions like proper circulation, more flexibility, easier range of motion, and simplified movement.

There’s no shame in jump-starting your weight loss with professional help. If you find a good weight loss program or pursue bariatric surgery, it can be a huge step in the right direction.

Become Self-Sufficient

Learn to take care of yourself. Don’t rely on others to make your meals or force you to exercise. You’re the only one that can make a change. Take responsibility for your actions and accept the rewards and consequences for what you do, be it literally running an extra mile or choosing to cut your workout short.

Self-sufficiency in physical matters also leads to self-sufficiency in spiritual matters. This is a lifestyle change that can help you make smarter choices with worship. You’ll take responsibility for your spiritual actions and learn to expand your faith.

Don’t Take Things for Granted

Recognize the Lord’s hand in your life and into the lives of those around you, and never take that for granted. It’s excellent exercise for the brain.

Learning to be grateful and humble in your dealings is one of the best ways to increase spiritual strengths. As you humble yourself and submit to the will of the Father, you’ll receive blessings beyond your physical health.

Don’t Mix Up Health and Body Image

As you begin your journey towards a healthier, happier, and more spiritual you, don’t misunderstand Christ’s opinion of you. He doesn’t care about the shape of your nose or the number on the scale. It’s not about getting the perfect body or spending hours in the gym.

Always remember that Samuel 16:7 says, "The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

As you focus on taking care of your body and being more mindful of the gift the Lord has given you, your heart will turn more towards the Lord. If you’re seeking greater health because you want to take care of your body and you crave a more spiritual connection, Christ will see that and your relationship with Him will grow accordingly.

George Smith