What are you doing? ~ Sunday Devotion
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17 (NLT)
God has entrusted each of us with one body. What are you doing with it? How are you caring for it?
This verse speaks to the importance of not just knowing what is right, but actually doing it. We can apply this to any and every area of our lives, but because I’m here to help you find motivation from God’s Word to live a healthy life without dieting, I’m going to look at this verse in terms of our health and fitness.
I hope that we can agree that we ought to take care of this body that God created. How that looks, however, for each of us is very much individualized. Why? You and I were uniquely created. So the first question I’d have you consider is: What are you doing to embrace the uniqueness of you?
If you’re following a diet plan that has a name, you’re likely not honoring how God created YOU. There is no one-size-fits-all way of approaching your health – the way you eat, drink, or move. You have unique tastes and preferences. Are you honoring them? They are some of the ways God made you special.
While the Bible doesn’t prescribe a specific way to eat and move, it does supply guidelines for us. Proverbs 23 warns against gluttony. 1 Corinthians 9 refers to disciplining our bodies. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6 clearly states that not all things are beneficial.
How we care for our bodies is important to the Lord. Why? He has plans for you and me. He wants us here to do those things. Those things will require energy and stamina to do them. We do not, however, have to look a certain way or weigh a certain number to do those things.
To not care for our bodies, for our health, is sin. It hurts the One who created us. Romans 9:20: “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?””
Instead of questioning how God made you, embrace it. I wasted years trying to be a different version of the woman God created me to be. I tried all kinds of diets to change the shape of my body because I didn’t believe it was good enough as it was. That was sin. Sin of pride. Sin of disobedience. My eyes were on me and doing things my way instead of God’s way. I knew I was supposed to be following Jesus and honoring Him by honoring the body He entrusted to me, not trying to change my body into someone else’s.
There’s only one you and one me. To try to be someone else is not honoring God and therefore is sin. It’s time to start doing what we ought to do, which is to trust God’s plan for us and be obedient to it in every area of our lives, even in our health and fitness.
Action Step: Have an honest conversation with the Lord. Ask Him to reveal any sin in your life, and ask Him to help you be obedient in all areas of your life.
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