It’s a strange disconnect, isn’t it?
We die. All of us. None of us escapes alive. Yet our 2nd chance, our shot at making things new, our resolutions…they almost all tilt toward renewing our decaying, dying bodies.
– I’m going to lose weight
– I’m going to start working out more and join a gym
– I’m going to stop smoking and eat healthier food.
And NONE of these are bad things. But if, IF we are successful- and we’ve expended tons of focus and energy and white-knuckled effort in it- at best, we die healthier. And possibly live a little bit longer in a body that will still die.
So we justify it with, “I need to take care of the temple. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” Except…that’s not what that verse means. Check it:
“Flee from sexual immorality. EVERY OTHER SIN A PERSON COMMITS IS OUTSIDE THE BODY, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 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”- 1 Cor. 6.
Which means…the only way to sin against the temple is sexual immorality. “EVERY OTHER SIN A PERSON COMMITS IS OUTSIDE THE BODY, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
Unless we’d prefer to twist what the scriptures actually say in order to justify our overarching focus on our own flesh.
Again, not wrong to be in shape. To stop smoking or eat healthier. These are good goals.
“Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but TRAINING IN GODLINESS is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”- 1 Tim. 4:8.
When I invest in my soul, when I feed my spirit, when I seek God so that my heart is changed, EVERYTHING else in my life changes. INCLUDING the self-control to take care of being a physically-healthier person. Could I suggest that maybe we’re approaching this from the wrong side?
Invest in the spiritual and watch what happens in every other area of your life. Find a church home. Become a part of the Community of Faith. Spend some time reading one of the gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John). Pray…even if you don’t know how…just talk to God. See what happens.
“Training in godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”