That’s why it was a game-changer for me to read The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren and understand how God views my health. Shocker: It has nothing to do with me feeling or looking better, which are usually my top reasons for wanting to get healthy.
Check out these 3 truths Warren pulled from 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 that address how God views our health and bodies.
- My body belongs to God not me.
“You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” (v. 13) As Warren says in the book, “Our culture teaches us, ‘My body is mine to do whatever I want to with it.’ But God says, ‘No, you’re wrong. It’s not your body, because you didn’t create it. I made it, and I loaned it to you to live in while I put you on earth, and I expect you to take care of My creation.'”
- Jesus paid a high price for my body.
“You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (v. 20) “Jesus thought you were worth dying for, so don’t you think God wants you to take better care of yourself? If you bought a million-dollar racehorse, would you feed it junk food and keep it up all night? Of course not! You would protect your investment. The fact is, Jesus has made an investment in you. He paid for your life with His life, and He expects you to take care of His investment.”
- God’s Spirit lives in my body.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (v.19) The Daniel Plan says, “When God puts His Spirit inside you, your body becomes a temple of God, a residence for His love. So let me ask you this: If you saw someone vandalizing or damaging a temple dedicated to God, wouldn’t you consider that a crime? Of course! But you abuse and vandalize God’s temple, your body, when you deprive it of rest and sleep, overeat, put too much stress on it, and fail to take care of it.”
Stepping all over my toes! When getting healthy is all about me, I just don’t have enough steam to keep going for life. But when treating my body well is a way to worship God, it takes health to a whole new level. When I see God one day and He asks how I treated the miraculous human body He created for me, I don’t want to be looking at the ground mumbling that I stuffed it with sugar.
Was this as much of an eye-opener for you as it was for me? Share your thoughts.