Why Eating Right and Exercising Glorifies God
While donating money, time and one’s belongings to the Church is important, giving your body to the Lord, through adherence to a proper diet and exercise regime, is one of the most important gifts that you can give to God.
BY: Matthew Denos
3. Give your body to God
While I have discussed the importance of recognising that your body belongs to God, it is also imperative to be willing to give your body to the Lord.
This gift of our body is something that the Bible asserts that God wants us to willingly give, in addition to our spirit. Indeed, in Romans 12:1, it is spoken that, “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Maintaining a healthy body is, therefore, something that God had directly asked of us, and we should certainly not seek to disappoint Him.
In addition to giving our body, unquestioningly, to God, the Bible also highlights that our body belongs to our family. 1 Corinthians 7:4 dictates that, “The wife doesn’t have authority over her own body but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.”
This passage from Corinthians has a deep impact on the way that I choose to live my life. I realised, after reading the passage, that, by failing to follow a balanced diet and take regular exercise, I was depriving my family of their right to my body.
My unhealthy lifestyle was slowly killing me and ensuring that I would have less time to spend with my family. My wife was too kind and loving to point out that my lifestyle was shaving years off my life, and she shouldn’t have to. I finally realised that eating right, and exercising regularly, was an integral part of the commitment that I should be making to my family; to act in any other way is simply selfish.
Now that I have made some lifestyle changes, and am committed to living in a more healthy manner, not only has the length of time that I will get to spend with my family increased, but the quality of the time has improved too, as I have more vitality and energy on a day to day basis, helping to ensure that I make every second with them count.