Over the years I have met many incredible people who have dedicated their lives to serving God. Unfortunately, I have also noticed that some of them abuse their bodies and their health until they become run-down and diseased. I know this may sound harsh, but I believe this type of self-abusive behavior is a slap in God’s face, and I think for true change to occur it’s critical that our leaders set a good example in this area. According to Henry Brinton in an article in the usa today, He said:
“The clergy are among the worst role models when it comes to physical fitness joseph beana
. A 2001 national survey of more than 3, 000 religious leaders, conducted by the Pulpit and Pew project at Duke Divinity School, found that 76% of Christian clergy are either overweight or obese (compared with 61% of the general population). Treatments of back problems and high blood pressure have been the top claims paid by the Southern Baptist Convention’s health insurance program in recent years – ailments often resulting from obesity or a sedentary lifestyle. ”
Our bodies are one of the greatest gifts God has given us and out of respect for that gift we owe it to Him to take care of ourselves. How can we consider ourselves good and faithful stewards if we do not take care of the property God gave us? How would you feel if you made an expensive gift for someone you loved and they destroyed it? I’m sure you would be hurt, and feel they took your hard work and generosity for granted. How do you think God feels when we do not take care of the body He gave us? Take a moment to look at this situation from another angle, think about how you would feel if you had a son or a daughter who was suffering intensely because of their weight problem. Those who do know this personally can attest to the pain. Wouldn’t it be painful to watch your child struggle? Wouldn’t it be difficult to watch them miss out on many joyful things in life? Understand that this is how God feels when He watches us struggle with the bad health we may have created for ourselves or are suffering from. This isn’t the plan God has for you. In the Bible God clearly expresses how we should view and treat our bodies.
In 1st Corinthians 6: 19 – 20 (NIV), it says: 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: you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.
Honor God with your body! How many of us have ever thought that way? I don’t think many of us have. Maybe if we cannot lose weight to honor ourselves, perhaps we can do it to honor our Creator. It’s natural to have the mind-set to lose weight so you will look good for your girlfriend, your husband, or for the people at your class reunion. But I ask you, why not for God? Why can’t we show Him our gratitude by taking care of what He gave us? How did this way of thinking become lost? It’s not okay to let your health decline so that your joy is stolen. It’s not okay to let your body become rundown and filled with disease. It’s not okay to miss out on all the plans God has for you in this life. It’s just not! We need to shift our mindset and begin honoring God by taking care of our bodies, instead of allowing them to become run-down, dysfunctional and diseased. The title originates in scriptures of the Jewish Bible (also known as the Old Testament) and the Christian Bible (which adds the new Testament to that Bible). You might have heard of the “King James” Bible. This was the first English language translation of the Bible from Latin and Greek that English King James I commissioned and was completed in 1611. In it, you will find “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother. ” But, what does that mean?
In the simplest terms, it means that we are supposed to respect our parents while we are children, honor their position as patriarch and matriarch of the grander family after we are adults, and we are supposed to take in and care for our aged parents when they have reached an age or health infirmity that prevents them from caring for themselves. The Bible verses do not get into exceptions about this. You will not find a Biblical version of a “Bye” or “Pass” if your parents abandoned you or if they were irresponsible parents. What you will find in the Biblical verses of the books of Ephesians 6: 1-2 and Exodus 20: 12 is that Honor Your Father and mother is one of the 10 Commandments of God, and it is the only one that promises those who do it that things may be well with them and they may live long on the Earth. Did that get your attention? It is always fun to find a prize in your cereal box. But, the real prize is to live a good life and to feel the grace of God and the love of family while you behave as a responsible member of your family. This is easily said and understood, but it will also be a daily test of you.
My mother was a happy child, but her happiness drifted away the moment that she said “I do. ” She was a devoted wife and mother. Without question, she practiced God’s commandment to honor her father, who died when she was in her twenties, and her mother, who lived well into my mother’s fifties before she passed. My mother bravely cared for my father during the last four years of his tortured life. I think those four years took about ten years out of her. I have two brothers, and the three of us helped during this time, but mostly that help came during short visits, for none of us lived near our parents. Within three years of my father’s death, my mother’s health deteriorated. Still brave, she chose to live alone. Last month, that had to change. One of my brothers led the way to establish her in a home that is next to his neighborhood, and he and his wife have begun the arduous task of honoring her for the remaining years of her life. This brings me to the point of my article.