So what’s up with the pep talk (Sunday, June 24, 2012) about weight and health? I mean, what does “diabesity” or weight-loss have to do with being a follower of Jesus?
Well, it has a lot more with being a follower of Jesus than you might think. First, by the end of this decade, there will be 50 million people per year dying worldwide from life-style related diseases, compared to 20 million dying from infectious diseases. These are needless, premature deaths that can be prevented. And prevention has to start at home, with what you buy, what you order for takeout, what you order at Dunkin Donuts or Honey Dew.
The outrageous and immoral cost of this healthcare disaster is all about … stewardship. We have seen before that all we have, all we have been given, it all belongs to God, and we are his money managers, right? …
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” – Psalm 24:1
But we’re dropping the ball. First, spending God’s money on all this sugar stuff. Then there’s spending more money on the medications, the doctor’s visits, the hospitalizations, the surgeries that our sugar-addiction caused. So first, it’s a moral issue because it’s a stewardship issue.
Second, if you’re anything like me, you might have let food become an idol that replaces God—that pushes God aside—for comfort, for pleasure, for reward. And idolatry is always wrong for a follower of Jesus. The apostle Paul talks about people whose god is their belly. Gregory Beale said “We become what we worship, for ruin or restoration.” Jesus said it this way …
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus, Matthew 6:21
It is pretty obvious that way too many of us are worshipping our belly. Idolatry of food is a sin that needs to be confessed as sin. And like any sin we need to repent or turn away in a new direction.
Third, since God has placed you here for a purpose, since God chose you and saved you for his mission in the world, then you matter, your part in the mission is important—it’s important for yourself, for your family, and for advancing the kingdom mission of God. So you need to get your health under control or you won’t be here to play your part. The writer of Hebrews tells us …
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us runwith perseverancethe race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneerand perfecter of faith.” – Hebrews 12:1,2
Finally, we saw in 1 Corinthians 6 that your body is the temple of God…
“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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
God made it.
Jesus died for it.
The Holy Spirit lives in it.
Shouldn’t you take care of it?
Resting in Him,