I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12: 1
Our bodies matter to God. Our bodies are the temple of His Holy Spirit and the vehicle He has chosen to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. I am meditating on this after having a day of bad eating – meaning making choices that don’t exactly help my body heal. Like wow, I could have had a V-8 day but instead I had a hot chocolate day. Don’t stone me, there’s nothing wrong with having hot chocolate but I could have made better choices, not just today, but for all the days that led to this day. I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and arthritis and carpal tunnel and chronic pain syndrome and have good reason to believe that dietary and lifestyle changes could help me in this whole healing process. I know this and yet… days like today come along.
I spent years trashing my with poor eating habits and way too much sugar and way too little exercise. I didn’t adopt a healthy lifestyle until recently and now I am in pain partly because of that. It’s ok to acknowledge this; it is not ok to get in condemnation because of this. I am, by God’s grace, making better food choices and learning to deal with stress differently and setting limits I can live with and relax with and I believe that this is presenting my body as a living and holy sacrifice to God. Am I doing these things perfectly, no, but I believe it would be tempting God to come to Him for healing and not do the things I can do. The outcome, however, is in His hands.
God cares about our bodies. He created them to operate fearfully and wonderfully and has given us laborers in the form of doctors and health practitioners to help us take care of these bodies. I know I can do a better job, can you? It is my desire to present my body to God as a living sacrifice, not a broken, trashed, disregarded, disrespected lump of flesh. But I need His help to do this.
Father God, it is my desire to take care of this body so that I can take care of those You have put in my path. Help me to make the choices, one choice at a time, that lead to health. Please forgive me for trashing my body for years and then expecting You to heal it at my demand. Be my Healer on Your terms. Amen.