I’ve heard lots of sermons over the years, and lots of them have covered managing your money. But I’ve only heard a few on managing your body. I find that interesting, especially since the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit for the believer. I think a little more information on temple-maintenance and management is very much needed in the Church today.
In 3 John, John writes a prayer that he has been praying for his friend Gaius. Listen to what John says in verse 2: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” This simple prayer communicates a great deal to us about the importance of managing our bodies. Let’s look a little closer.
1. It reminds us of how important our health is to God – I can assure you that because God chose to have a prayer about health in His Word, our health must matter to Him. If our health matters to God, then trust me – it ought to matter to us. It is a mistake to neglect anything that God’s inspired Word instructs. I’m pretty sure that if John prayed for good health for Gaius, then God desires good health for you.
2. It reminds us of our responsibility to take care of our bodies – If someone like John was praying for Gaius’ health, do you think it would be right for Gaius to not care for his body? No. I believe Gaius probably cared even care more about his health because he knew John was praying for him. He didn’t join the gym or start running three miles a day, but I do believe Gaius probably tried to take better care of himself physically.
3. It reminds us of why good health matters in the first place – Being healthy is not about you: it is about God. If you are living a healthy lifestyle, you are likely to accomplish more for God than if you are living an unhealthy lifestyle. Some people are not able to fulfill God’s mission for their lives simply because they have neglected their health to such a degree that they are physically incapable.
There is no easy way to say it, but you are not honoring God with your body if you are physically unable to serve because you have not cared for your health. God deserves your very best, and so do you.
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