If you were to ask Grant his favorite food, chances are very high he would say cheese pizza and Oatmeal Creme Pies. Ethan might answer cinnamon pretzels from Sam’s. And I know that I know little Luke would say chicken nuggets.
Oh, I wish I could say they all love broiled fish with steamed asparagus. Or even baked chicken and green beans. But they don’t. However, they will eat them (while sometimes snarling at me).
Over the years, I have seen the connection between the spiritual well being of my soul and the physical well being of my body. When we feel good about ourselves we operate better on every level. When my mind is hazy from lack of sleep or improper nutrition, my listening grows dull. I am unmotivated and my spiritual growth crawls.
But. Give me adequate hydration and some running endorphins — I am a new woman. I am a better mom. A happier wife. Whoo hoo! And give me Jesus! I am rarin’ to go.
Contextually, this verse is referring to sexual immorality and remaining physically pure. However, this verse covers a lot of ground. YOUR BODY IS BEING LIKENED TO THE TEMPLE. Like THE Temple. In Jerusalem. The Temple consisting of the Most Place and the Holy of Holies. Your body is NOW where God resides. The Holy Spirit’s habitat is YOU.
Sip your coffee and think on that. A – Maz – Ing.
So while I don’t want to shame my boys for loving Oatmeal Creme Pies (I love them too!), I do want to encourage them to be mindful of how many they cram in that sweet little Temple of theirs. I want to raise them with a healthy awareness of nutrition and fitness. Not just for health reasons but for heart reasons. For soul reasons. For sharing the Gospel reasons.
“Your heart…God’s Home.”
I pray my boys will one day enjoy lean meat and vegetables like I do, but until then, I will stand in faith that one day they will. I pray they see themselves as worth the effort and have the discipline they need to maintain good health and wellness — For Jesus glory, not their own.