Physical health is not a topic often discussed in Christian circles.
I’m not sure if it’s because we aren’t sure how to approach it or because we truly haven’t given it much thought. But I believe that physical health matters to God. 1 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.’
Typically when this verse is read people think about spiritual health. Our body is a temple of the living God and we need to honor it by not defiling it in word or deed. The Holy Spirit and sin can not coexist, so we need to put off the old self and put on the new. I 100% agree, but I believe this verse is two-fold. Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t we take good care of them? We were fearfully and wonderfully made, bought with a price, and now need to glorify God through this body we were given. But it needs to be in good health to do so! [Side note: I’m not talking about diseases or illnesses you can’t control. I 100% believe you can glorify God throughout a illness or diagnosis. For purposes of this post, I’m referring to physical health as a result of lifestyle choices.]
Our physical bodies matter to God – He wants us to care for ourselves and by caring for ourselves we can serve Him more fully. It’s really hard to serve when you don’t feel your best, trust me.
So, what am I suggesting? I suggest staying away from foods that leave you lethargic, in pain, or don’t benefit you in the long run. Exercise 3-4 days a week in a way that’s fun and sustainable for you. We need to be physically healthy out of respect and appreciation that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and also so we are ready and able to serve God when He asks. As for personal goals of losing weight, lifting more, or running faster, those are well, personal. It’s okay to have health goals, but the focus should be on taking care of your internal health and not on your appearance or performance. Make it your priority that you are going to eat well and be active so that you can glorify God in and with your body.