One of the greatest things about becoming Christian and accepting Jesus as our savior is the realization that we no longer have to think of death as the absolute ending. Sure, it is the ending of our time here on earth, but it also means the beginning of an eternity with God. Still, knowing that our earthly bodies will not follow us into heaven can sometimes make us think that what we do with them doesn’t matter–but this isn’t true.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the Bible tells us that our bodies are not our own, but temples for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. With this in mind, here are three ways that we, as devout Christians, can stay fit and honor God with our bodies.
3 Ways for Devout Christians to Stay Fit
1. Eating Healthy
When it comes to eating healthy, there’s really no reason not to. When He made the world, God also gave us an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and grains to go with it. More importantly, He designed our bodies to respond positively to these nutrients and to gain energy from them so we may continue to serve Him.
As tempting or as convenient as a greasy meal of fast food may be, this isn’t what He intended for us to eat. That’s not to say that an occasional slice of cake or a fried meal isn’t okay, but as a daily occurrence, it’s not such a great idea. If you’re unsure of how to go about beginning to change your food habits, you don’t need to go cold-turkey on soda and French fries right away–instead, try slowly incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet.
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but exercise is incredibly important if we want to live healthy Christian lives. Scientifically, taking time to exercise daily has shown to lower the risk and prevent several diseases and ailments–such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.
Why is it important that we try so hard to prevent getting illnesses like these with exercise? It’s simple–when we are sick, we can’t serve God as effectively. Any plans that He might have for us are put on hold as we are focused on trying to get better. Now, that being said, this doesn’t mean that exercise will prevent from getting cancer or that we should ignore our illnesses, but more so that we should do everything we can in order to keep our bodies in tip-top shape.
Another thing to note here is that how we exercise can vary from individual to individual. While some may settle for a daily walk, there’s certainly nothing wrong with having an intense workout at the gym to keep yourself at optimum performance. Some Christians even like using supplements like whey protein in order to give their bodies the boost it needs to have a more effective, energizing and beneficial exercise routine. One of our church members, Trey, runs a fantastic site called the Protein Investor, which will show you the best deals on whey protein.
When it’s put next to eating healthy and exercising, sleep doesn’t seem like quite a priority or that it should make the list for Christians who want to stay fit. However, a good night’s sleep is actually extremely important in being able to lead a Godly and healthy life. If you’ve ever gotten very little or no sleep–which we all have–you know how detrimental this can be for the rest of your day. Instead of feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world, you feel sluggish and irritated.
How can we serve God, spread His message and honor Him when all we feel like is going home and taking a really long nap? Even more, if we aren’t able to think as clearly as we need to, we may even end up making decisions and judgment calls that we might not have otherwise if we’d just gotten a few more hours of shuteye. Though it may be difficult at first, aiming for eight hours of sleep at night is a great goal to shoot for.
Put Your Faith in Christ, but Don’t Neglect Your Health!
Overall, even if we are promised an eternity with Jesus, we shouldn’t neglect our earthly bodies as a result. Not only does it make it harder for us to lead Godly lives and stay focused on Him, but it’s also not what God intended either. Honoring God isn’t a separate activity that takes place through prayer or attending church, but something that can be incorporated into every aspect of our lives–including how we care for our bodies.