Usually I stay away from topics that intertwine spiritual and health but over this week I cannot leave the topic untouched. Recently speaking with someone they made the comment that “God must want them to be overweight and unhappy” I explained to this person that I am currently learning who God is and I still have a long way to go BUT from what I have read of the bible so far, the last thing God wants us to be is overweight and unhappy. God want us all to be in good health and happy.
Now by no means am I saying you have to be a starve yourself and eat only greens in order to please God…NO, NO, NO, this is not what I am saying at all. BUT I am saying that God wants the best for us and our health. God wants us to take care of our well being so we can serve him and be of service to those who need us.
Here are 3 reasons in the bible where we see God wants us to be healthy
- Take care of your temple: In 1 Corinthians: 6:20 says “Honor God with your body”. God wants us to take care of our bodies and by doing so we are honoring him by taking care of the bodies that he has given us and not abuse it.
- Spreading his word as a role model: 2 Corinthians: 5: 20 “We are ambassadors of Christ, God making his appeal through us” By us taking care of our bodies we allow others to see that we want our bodies to be in healthy shape so we can continue to spread the word of love to others and represent God well. Other people will be able to see that God wants his people to be healthy and be in great spirits so much so Gods love bounces off us on to others everywhere we go.
- You are sacred : Romans 12: 1 “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” You only get one body so you must do the necessary good things for it and that may include eating well, working out and getting regular checkups at the doctor. You want your healthy lifestyle to be pleasing to the man upstairs. God sacrificed his son in order for us to be here in these bodies we don’t want to misuse the bodies we were given by the LORD.
These are just the 3 snippets of verses I choose to use. There are many more but overall I want you to know
God wants you to be healthy
God want you to take good care of yourself
God wants the best for you in life in all areas. Social, financial, occupational, emotional, intellectual and spiritual