A Matter of Life and Death...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The other day I was driving down a street in which I remembered a man I used to know. He was a good man. A good husband (he and his wife were high school sweethearts) and family man. He had a hangup with anger but his job made him take an anger management class: 3 times! Now that's enough to make you mad! haha His blood pressure, weight and smoking were out of control.
He simply told his medical doctor when the Dr. told him if he didn't change he was going to die: Hey, I know the Lord and if I should die then I know where I am going and that I am in good Hands. He wouldn't control his blood pressure, losing weight was out of the question and he continued to smoke like a fiend. His idea of relaxing was to go gambling at the casinos where of course smoking and drinking ( and lots of it) is allowed.
Well folks, he died at age 60. No doubt, because of his acceptance of Christ, he is with the Lord. But many times I have wondered did he tempt the Lord? By not taking care of the precious gift God gives to us? That being life and this body in which we only have one of. I know his wife of 42 yrs misses him. His children miss him. His friends miss him. And perhaps the Lord still had some big plans and big blessings for him yet in this life.
It's a dilemma. On one hand Jesus seems to be indicating to throw our lives away. Yet, he calls us to do the work that requires our bodies be in the best of shape. The spiritual is always more important than the physical yet the physical is important too. When Elijah was depressed & running away. The Angel of the Lord prepared good food and commanded he eat it several times, because he had a long journey ahead. The disciples were always hungry it seems and yet Jesus provided for them even on the Sabbath. After giving spiritual lessons to 5,000 men in addition their wives and children, he fed them fish and bread to strengthen them for their long journey home.
It appears that the spiritual and the physical go hand in hand. If you are spiritually strong you are also physically strong and vice versa. Jesus is our great example of both being the strongest Spiritually and Physically.
Should we do any less? This is a question each individual must answer for themselves.
Because it is a matter of life and death...