14 Mar “A Healthy Body” by Johnathan Moore
Anytime I hear the phrase “healthy body”, I have scarring memories of when my parents would force me to eat “nasty” vegetables as a kid. One time in particular, I remember sitting at the kitchen table, and my mom had made wax beans (or “ear-wax” beans as I recall them tasting like). She wouldn’t let me leave the dinner table until I ate the ones on my plate. After what seemed like days, I finally managed to put them in my mouth and chew them, at which point I attempted to swallow them. However, being the bratty kid I was (they do say pastor kids are the worst right?), I thought I’d teach my parents a lesson by forcing myself to throw them up. However, I’m pretty sure my plan backfired on me since I ended up causing more pain to myself than them.
When we look at a “healthy body” from a biblical stance, two things come to my mind. The first is how we should nourish our own body through scriptures. In 1 Peter 2:2, Peter states “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment”. Where else can we get this “pure spiritual milk” that Peter is talking about if we are not diving into God’s word and understanding what exactly He wants of us? Also notice how Peter says we should be crying out for this nourishment. It is not something that we should just drag our feet in doing, but be wholeheartedly invested in the Word. This was such as struggle for myself growing up, as I always saw it as a chore, just like eating those nasty vegetables. I might start to chew on the scripture, but then spit it out, not understanding the importance of it. However, once we really understand the importance of it and “digest it”, so to speak, we are able to mature and nourish ourselves spiritually.
The second idea that a “healthy body” brings to my mind from a biblical stance is the church being a healthy, functioning body as a whole. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about how as Christians, we are all part of the same body, and we must ALL be actively using whatever gifts God has given us to bring glory to his name. The key word here is that we must ALL be actively functioning. If all but one person is working, then the whole body suffers. Just think of how much love we could spread as Christians if we were to offer up our gifts that God has given us and actively use them to glorify His name! Think of just how many more lost and hurt people could come into a relationship with the everlasting God as a result!
Let us as Christians make it our goal to be nourishing and maturing our spiritual self through scripture, not just simply skimming through it and spitting it out. As we are then able to nourish our own souls and understand what God wants of us, we will then be better equipped to act as that special part of the bigger body of the church that God has carefully appointed each and every one of us to!
” Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27