1st Corinthians 6:19
"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,"
Sometimes in the midst of the chaos of our lives we forget very simple things. Like when we run out the door fighting the clock to not be late and forget to eat breakfast. Sometimes I forget to brush my teeth, sometimes I don't get 9 helping of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes the days go a lot less like what we imagine them. Sometimes our lives end up like that as well.
When we come to a place in silence when we can think again, when the sound of the day has faded, and our thoughts can search and evaluate. We realize we are missing some things, and action is required to re-correct our course. These moments come when we sit still long enough to allow, or at times they come when we have crashed, and are forced to look at the life we have built with sober honesty.
It's times like these people tend to make a pledge to change their ways; start eating right, exercise more, etc. The bible backs this up stating that we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 6:19) and that physical discipline is of some value (1st Timothy 4:8). My question is if this is something we are so ardent about in the physical, why would the spiritual be any different?
Recently in my pursuit of the King I have felt this pressed upon my heart. What am I missing out spiritually when the chaos of life becomes to much? What has my spiritual diet looked like? Am I missing out on the essential fruits and vegetables of the Lord? What has being busy robbed me of and what do I need to start doing to rectify this lack?
When gym memberships soar in January because people are trying to get their lives right, why is it so absurd to want to go a Spiritual Diet? or Start a Spiritual Exercise plan?
I don't think this is something that should be foreign at all to the body of Christ. In fact a benchmark of a successful person is self reflection. As this year comes to its end let us as faithful followers allow the Holy spirit to wash over us and bring to the surface anything in us that is cause for distance between us and the Lord. Let us also examine our Spiritual being and make all necessary adjustments needed. Dare to ask yourself:
What am I feeding myself?
What are some spiritual exercises I can participate in to build my faith?
How can I become more spiritually healthy?
When thinking this way the parallels are staggering, and I think the work is clear. We are not our own, we are called to be living sacrifices and a temple of the Holy spirit.
Today before its to late, while you still have breath in your lungs and faith inside choose to make some lifestyle adjustments to a healthier you. Body, soul, AND spirit.
But let us not do so in vain ambition, or fear of man. Let us do so as we should in every pursuit, for the purpose of better relationship with the King of hearts who is most worthy. Let us do so with love in our eyes towards our savior Jesus.