Just before I went on vacation last week, I had this thought regarding weight and being in shape. It’s a thought that has occurred to me before at least in part. The following verse came to mind: ” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). I’ve noticed that the are many Christians who are overweight…I’m included in this group. I heard on the radio either yesterday or today that out of the total population of over weight people, more than half identify themselves as Christians. I realize there are several reasons for being overweight from poor eating habits to medical conditions where the medication’s side-effect causes weight gain. But how many people are overweight and in-shape? I know I’m not in the best of shape.
So if our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit as the Apostle Paul claims, why are we not taking of the Temple? We should be taking care of our bodies both in how much we eat, the types of food we eat, and getting in-shape. I realize that not everyone will lose weight even if they do eat healthy foods both in portion and ingredients and get the proper amount of exercise. But I dare say that more of us would be in-shape and probably feel it to. It is fairly easy to get in-shape both physically and with the foods we eat. First, get a regular exercise routine going (I’m trying to get this going for myself). Second, eat balanced meals that are not highly processed and not calorie ladened. Making food from scratch is an easy way to reduce sodium and trim the fat. Also replacing some traditional foods with items that are all natural and/or organic will help reduce toxic and synthetic chemicals from getting in our bodies. This combination will lead to a healthier life and will also show others that we are committed to keeping our Temple as the Holy Spirit’s dwelling place until God calls us home. It will also make us less hypocritical as we will not come across as gluttons. It’s something no calorie to chew on.