Caring for the physical body is a matter of stewardship. A steward is one who is entrusted with the care and management of another person’s property. Obviously, everything we possess actually belongs to God. That includes our body (1 Corinthians 6:19).
As Christian stewards, we must be trustworthy with our responsibilities (1 Corinthians 4:2). We prove our service through our sacrifice. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).
As trustworthy stewards we must never neglect our bodies (1 Timothy 4:7-8). We must discipline our body everyday through proper rest, diet, and exercise. Paul said, “I discipline my body and make it my slave” (1 Corinthians 9:27). We are to exercise “self-control in all things” in order to become fellow partakers of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 9:23-27).
Paul tells us to care for our bodies “so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10). The greatest compliment anyone could ever receive is, “I can see Jesus in you.” We will also answer to Christ at the Judgment “so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Faithful stewardship of our physical body is very important in our Christian walk.
This presents at least four challenges in caring for our physical body:
Cherish and nurture the body (Ephesians 5:28-29).
Consider the body dead to any immorality (Colossians 3:5-9).
Present the body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
Do not let sin reign or control our physical body (Romans 6:12).
In order to assist the Christian in being a trustworthy steward of his physical body, the following biblical guidance is offered from 1 Corinthians 6:13-20:
Our bodies are for the Lord’s work and glory.
Our bodies are members of Christ’s body.
Obey the command to flee all immorality, which is sin against the body.
Our bodies are the temple of God’s spirit.
We have been bought with the blood of Jesus.
Although caring for the spiritual body is far more important than caring for the physical body, their health is still linked. We are commanded to take care of both. May God bless you as you endeavor to treat your body as His temple! “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).