Hello ladies! It is my great pleasure to announce that I am dedicating this month, September 2016 as SOS 6:10’s health month! It’s really just as much for myself as it is for y’all. We are going to be exploring exercise, eating well and some other health issues.
It isn’t really unusual for a more secular blog to take a month to regularly post about personal and bodily health. However, its a little more rare to see even a modesty blog take up the challenge (One I do know of, Skirted Fancy, is actually doing a September insanity challenge. Here for more.) Part of the reason is because it is a popular belief among most Christians that the body is unimportant in spiritual matters, just a shell of flesh to shed at death. But God looks on your body as well as on your heart! (Sorry, C.S. Lewis!) De-emphasizing its importance is the opposite of progress here.
Your Body is a Temple
Most, if not all of us, have heard this at one point or another. It can be taken a multitude of different ways, but lets look at it literally for a moment.
What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s
1 Corinthians 6:19,20
According to Dictionary.com, a temple is “an edifice or place dedicated to the service of a deity or deities”. If the scripture calls our bodies temples, and our “deity”, so to speak, is The Lord God Almighty, the only true God, then by definition, our bodies are to be dedicated to the service of the Lord. So our visible bodies are just as important in serving him as the invisible parts.
Taking it a step further, the oldest temple to God was the Mosaic tabernacle in the wilderness. In that time, a tent or tent complex was a home for an entire family, from the master to the servant. God commanded the children of Israel to make him a tabernacle, a tent, a home among them. So we can assume that what our sunday school teachers said as we were growing up, that Jesus lives in us, can also be taken literally.
Just as you would decorate a temple to be pleasing to God, and keep it clean and make sure that it remains structurally sound and full of worshippers, so should your natural body be made as pleasing to God. For that reason, our natural health is as important as our spiritual health.
Im not saying that your spiritual health should take a back seat to this at all. On the contrary, to really take care of your body in such a way that it pleases God, you have to be in a position that you want to please Him. Plus, in order to truly love yourself and your body, you have to realize that He loves you.
So, kind of a short post today. The topics for the next few weeks are all health related so if you’re interested, sweet, stay tuned!
I actually amtrying to start myself on a light workout regimen. Short times just once or twice a week, at first. You know, baby steps. But there are some things that I have to work out first… more on that next week. :3