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I want to define what I don’t mean when I say that God wants us all to be healthy before I do start talking about what I think this does mean for all Christians.
I don’t mean that we can use this as an excuse to start believing that even if we don’t practice living a healthy lifestyle we will never fall sick, or I don’t mean that the Christians who are currently sick, whether chronically, or with life threatening diseases are suffering because they did something wrong, if anything I would want those that are suffering to find hope in this article, that it is my belief that God wants you to be well and live healthy.
So pray, and ask Him for the healing you need today.
Now, let’s talk about what I do mean.
I will have to tell you a bit of my own story before for context and how I’ve come to this conclusion, whether I am wrong or not is for you to decide for yourself but here’s my story:
I was born a month too early, me and my sister were in total 2.5kg. I was a child that weighed 1kg and was kept in an incubator for sometime. My mother recalls being overwhelmed with emotions when she saw me in the incubator with a drip almost as big as my entire leg attached to my thigh as an infant.
So when can say, I wasn’t exactly a very healthy baby. I was lactose intolerant in until I was around at 15 after which it magically stopped happening? I’m not sure, but as of now I am able to drink milk and digest it with no troubles.
Thanks to fast foods, junk foods and a coffee addiction after I became an adult and never really caring much about my health I not only gained weight rapidly but I also attracted a lot of other problems, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, lost a lot of hair because of that, and when just last year I recovered from a very bad case of being anaemic, it was so bad I used to faint anywhere and everywhere, my mother and other family members were all scared including myself.
I do suspect my hormones are probably in a mess as well. My body is suffering yet I have only ever prayed for healing for my body a couple of times and while reading my bible I realised how God does not want to see me suffer like this because He is a faithful, loving, caring Father and He is the God who heals (Jehovah-Rapha).
After never taking care of my God-given, healthy body, I have managed to also pollute it with the sin of gluttony, and sloth. And I am at a place where now I feel God wants people like me, who are suffering in their health because of their own lifestyle, because they didn’t take proper care of themselves, because they were being a couch potato and that really is the truth, then I think, God wants Christians like me to not live like this.
And to support my claims, and why I have been feeling like all Christians are called to live a healthy lifestyle are these verses that stood out to me when I was reading my bible:
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
This really got me thinking, I’ve never eaten or drank for the glory of God, and what does that even look like?
It made me ask questions like, does eating for the glory of God mean eating well? Letting my food be my medicine? Of trying my best to heal my body by taking care of everything I eat and regularly asking God to help my efforts and provide me with healing? What did it really mean, and had I ever thought to obey this command? Is it because I never obeyed this command that I became unhealthy because my habits went unchecked?
And then I came across one more bible verse:
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.1 Corinthians 6:19-20
And the same verse in English Standard Version says,
19 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, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I was brought with a price, and so I should glorify God in my body. Reading that really blew my mind. I know from experience, a person who lives an unhealthy lifestyle can’t serve others properly (because they are sick themselves!), Jesus has commanded his followers to do exactly that— to serve others.
And 2 Timothy 1:7 says:
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7
Reading these verses, it was clear to me that I must try to honour what God wants me to honour. I must be the one to exercise self-control, to stop my acts of gluttony, to stop being lazy and to start living a healthy life, so that I may have the stamina and a good attitude to serve others.
And if you take anything away from reading this article, then it is my hope and wish that you too will be encouraged to correct bad or unhealthy lifestyle habits you may have formed, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
I will often come back to this article to keep reminding myself that every single day, I should make good decisions when it comes to eating and drinking so that I may respect God’s words.
Let me know if there’s any habit you’ve decided to fix in the comments down below! I know I have many to fix, haha.
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