Shawn McClendon: What if All Christians Embraced Healthy Living as Ministry?

Consider this.  What if every follower of Christ were to embrace healthy living as ministry?

Now, I started off being rhetorical, but I want you to understand this.  We should indeed embrace healthy living as ministry to God and to others.  Let me explain.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not suggesting that all Christians should all become personal trainers and dieticians and other health/fitness related occupations.  Such jobs clearly aren’t for everyone.  However, the Bible is very clear that taking care of our bodies is very important to God.

For example, we’re already very familiar with 2 Timothy 1:7, which says “for God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  While this is not overtly discussing healthy living, let’s consider this discipline that God endows us with.

Discipline is the ability to follow a certain pattern of behavior that involves avoiding certain activities – usually harmful or less expedient ones – in favor of embracing activities at are usually beneficial, productive, and that help you reach a certain outcome.  Discipline for us as believers helps us to walk in obedience to Christ while helping us to avoid the many distractions and temptations that keep us from working effectively in the Kingdom.  Undoubtedly among those distractions and temptations are foods and other substances that are harmful to our bodies and that impair our ability to serve God.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Shawn McClendon