Sunday, December 30, 2012
How's that saying go? What you are is God's gift to you - what you become is your gift to God. Something like that.
So, I've been given this body. For years I made poor choices ...habit, ignorance...But it's a new day, and I can make better choices and "learn to control [my] own body in a way that is holy and honorable" (1 Thes. 4:4) and "whether [I] eat or drink or whatever [I] do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31)
So, I can apply these principles, with Spark's help. But it goes beyond tracking my calories. "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17) This body IS going to pass away, eventually. I may extend its "shelf life" by changing my lifestyle. But what good will it do me if all I do is try to fix the BODY up while neglecting the things that will NOT pass away - my eternal soul and spirit? Spirit is taken care of - I have been born again - but I still have to do my part to choose wisely, not just in what I eat or drink, but also in what I do, and say - and, yes, even think. I don't want to be this super healthy B**TCH! What good is it just to have people say, "Hey, you look great" - and yet I litter, waste non-renewable resources, ignore those in need, bad-mouth those who disagree with me or who are not like ME - in short, if I live a selfish, self-centered life oblivious to all around me?
Today's teaching was from Ephesians 5:15-17 - "Be very careful, then, how you liveónot as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lordís will is. " God has more for me to do than to whip this body into shape, and it behooves me to seek Him to know just what it is He has for me to do. Daily; weekly; monthly; yearly - step by step. I do have to be a good steward of the body He gave me - but also of the talents and gifts with which He has blessed me; of the time He has placed at my disposal; and of the resources He sends to my hands.