Have you ever looked at what the Bible says about taking care of your body?
Let me clear something up before we start though. Stewarding your body well isn’t about becoming a certain size. It’s not about obsessing over portion sizes and calories.
It’s about taking the best care of yourself possible.
Guess what – God wants you to be the size and shape He created you to be. When you steward your body well and care for it in a way that glorifies God – that’s all that matters.
What this looks like might change from season to season and week to week. All that matters is that you’re doing your best and relying on the Holy Spirit’s help.
Think about caring for your body as we look at today’s Bible verses.
As you’re reading, ask yourself: “Am I stewarding my body in a way that reflects a life lived to bring God glory and honor? A life lived to serve God and reflect Him to those around me?
No one said, God included, that being a Christian was easy.
Being God’s child and following His instructions flies in the face of everything around us.
The world is going one way and we’re going the exact opposite (or should be).
Let’s look at some scripture on stewardship.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1-2
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” 1 Peter 4:10
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away…” Matthew 25:14-30
Matthew 25 is marked in my Bible as a “story about investment”. Today we’re going to look at it as a story on investing in the temple of God, our bodies.
In this story, Jesus is the man who takes the journey and Christians are the servants.
Each servant is given different levels of responsibility. These are the things we’re left to steward until Jesus returns or we die and enter our eternal home.
The servants had a decision to make;
- ignore the responsibilities they’d been given or
- figure out what to do with them.
Your physical body is a “talent” aka “resource” God’s given you to steward. It’s a responsibility you’ve gotta figure out what to do with.
If Jesus returned today, would you be able to say you’ve stewarded your body well? What about the other resources you’ve been given to steward? If you’re anything like me, this post is hitting you in the gut.
The responsibilities we’re given include
- our physical bodies,
- free time,
- finances, etc.
These may seem more than we can handle but we aren’t expected to handle them on our own.
The Message translation of 1 Corinthians 10:13 says this: “…all you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
What this doesn’t mean is everything God gives us can be handled on our own.
It means God will give us big things, tough things to deal with, and we’ll only be able to handle them with God’s help. This includes managing our physical bodies.
Just like the servants in Matthew 25 we can’t make an excuse and say what God’s given us to steward is too hard, overwhelming, or just not possible.
God would never give us things to steward that were impossible, with His help, to steward.
You’ve Got Help
When Jesus returned to heaven He left us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells inside the temple of God.
Who’s that temple?
Each person who chooses to follow Christ becomes the temple of God, the Spirit’s dwelling place. Go back to this post here if you’ve not yet listened to or read it.
When the master, Jesus, returned in Matthew 25 he checked in to see what his servants had done with the tasks he’d left. Two of them did a good job and were given more things to handle but the third…
We don’t want to be him. The masters response was “you wicked, lazy servant!…” Can you imagine the look on his face after his master told him that? Wow!
Let me tell you – stewarding the things God’s left us with isn’t easy. God gave me a body with diseases that make stewardship extra difficult. Sometimes I just wanna throw a temper-tantrum and throw in the towel. Can’t though. It’s these difficult times that make me so thankful Jesus left me with a helper. You?
- What things do you need the Holy Spirits help with? Ask Him, you’ll be wowed by the results.
Truth: Rely on the Holy Spirit to help you steward everything – including your physical body.
Something to Think About
There are two houses in your neighborhood. One has a beautifully landscaped yard and every time you’ve gone to visit the house is always clean. The person living there is kind, gracious, and seems to always be helping others.
This neighbor is healthy, smiling, joyful…
The other house has weeds growing everywhere and the lawn’s seldom mowed. The house seems dark, even when the lights are on and when you visited once – Ikes!
Inside was full of clutter and trash, with nothing in order. The person living there never looked you in the eyes, seemed angry, short-tempered, depressed, and like they’d rather not be bothered by anyone. Even worse, they never seemed to have time for anyone.
If you were new to the neighborhood, which house would you stop at if you needed something?
The house where the joyful, healthy, smiling people lived or the one where the angry, short-tempered, depressed, unhealthy people lived?
I know where I’d want to go and which one I’d try and avoid…
I give these stark examples because this is how we should and shouldn’t look to the world around us.
Our bodies should be tended to and cared for as that first house was.
Because if you don’t steward your physical body well, how are you going to love your neighbors?
- Do the work God gave you to do?
- Raise your children?
- Love your spouse?
- Be a positive example to those who don’t know Jesus?
Bottom line: Stewarding our bodies well allows us to serve God and love others to the best of our abilities.
Here’s this weeks devotion question PDF: What the Bible Says About Caring for Your Body
Friday we’re going to look at 20 reasons to eat healthier. In the meantime I want you to meditate on the scriptures and questions from this post.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to show any areas where you aren’t stewarding things well.
- Ask Him to help you make any changes.
- Ask Him for whatever it is you need help with.
Then patiently and expectantly wait for the help.
Key though…God’s help doesn’t often look like we’d expect. Keep yourself open to change and ready for the unexpected.
Here’s a question I ask myself when deciding what to eat:
Does this food bring health or dis~ease to my body? Does it lead to results that glorify God or show I’m stewarding the body He’s given me well?
If you have any questions about what you’ve read today, please go to your pastor. If you don’t have a pastor we’d love to talk.
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We pray you have a blessed and glorious day. That you recognize the Holy Spirit’s leading and shine brightly for God in all you do. Until Friday…
If you want more information about your identity in Christ or want to get started on planning healthy meals so you can steward your body well, check out these posts: