4 Practical Reasons Why Christians Should Prioritize Their Health

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4 Practical Reasons Why Christians Should Prioritize Their Health

By Shante Grossett

Christians sometimes have a tendency to magnify the spiritual and minimize the natural. However, our mental and physical health is just as important to God as our spiritual well being. Each of us has been given a gift. Our entire being - body, soul, and spirit - comes from God and should be effectively stewarded. If we place more attention on one aspect of our being and neglect the others, it throws us off and prevents us from experiencing true wholeness.

It’s time we started committing to cultivating our entire being. Taking care of ourselves in all aspects is the only way we can truly live out the life God intended for us to live. If you aren’t fully convinced that your mental and physical health is important to God yet, and deserving of prioritization, I’ll show you what I mean:

PRIORITIZING YOUR BODILY HEALTH HONORS GOD

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; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

The Bible, rightfully, refers to our bodies as “temples of the Holy Spirit.” When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes and makes a home within us. When we prioritize our health, we create a comfortable space for the Holy Spirit to live and work in us. The passage above is not just about sexual sin. It’s about everything we do in our bodies on a day-to-day basis. When we feed our bodies with good things, we honor God. But, when we constantly practice negative health habits, we dishonor God. Let’s choose to honor God with our bodies in all ways, not just some.

PRIORITIZING YOUR BODILY HEALTH POSITIONS YOU TO LIVE OUT YOUR GOD-GIVEN CALLING

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:17.

Each of us has a unique call on our lives that was given to us by God. However, we have to allow God to make us ready to walk in our calling. One practical way to become ready is to be healthy. The verse above is from Proverbs 31, which is the famous “virtuous woman” chapter. I noticed the “P31 woman” was able to do so much for herself, her family, and her community. Of course, God gave her the strength but stewarding her health also put her in position to be such a positive influence to those around her. When you prioritize your health by taking time to eat well, exercise, and sleep well, like the “P31 woman,” you also position yourself to be successful in the sphere of influence God has called you to be in.

PRIORITIZING YOUR BODILY HEALTH FILLS YOU UP SO THAT YOU CAN POUR INTO OTHERS

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5.

As Christians, we are not called to live only for ourselves. We are also called to serve others. If we are not filled up, we have nothing to give back. It’s true, you can’t pour from an empty cup. When you take time each day to focus on your mental and physical well-being, you fill yourself up. You are stronger, more secure, and you have much more to offer when you take care of yourself. On the contrary, if you don’t focus on your health, your “cup” may eventually become empty. When you don’t have enough for yourself, you won’t be in a position to share.

PRIORITIZING YOUR BODILY HEALTH IS AN EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE TOWARDS GOD

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through your generosity, will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11.

Think about it, if someone gives you a gift you really appreciate, you’ll most likely treat it with great care and respect. However, if you are given a gift you don’t value, you may neglect it or even throw it away. It’s the same way with our bodies. They are precious gifts given to us by God, our Creator. When we take time to nourish and care for the bodies God gave us, we are actually silently expressing gratitude to God for giving us our bodies. How you take care of your body speaks loudly about whether or not you value God’s gift.

Ultimately, our goal in living healthy lifestyles is progress, not perfection. Personally, I wasn’t always aware of just how important it is to value my mental and physical health. Now, I do. So, I am making progress to eliminate things in my life that might be toxic to my body, soul, and spirit. I’m not completely there yet but if I keep moving in the right direction, I will get there. You may just be starting out on this journey, or perhaps you haven’t yet begun. It’s okay. We are in this together. You’ll get there. I’m cheering you on!