God is Bigger Than Microwave Foods (A devotion about healthy lifestyle)

Let’s face it.  We do not cook microwave meals because we are in search of a culinary delight.  The truth? We are just looking for quick, easy food.  But at times I get a little carried away with the idea of “quick”.  In addition to the prescribed cooking time, these microwave meals have these other little nitsy directions like ”Make a 1 inch slit in the plastic cover” or “stir contents and continue to cook for 1 minute.”  I have been known, on occasion, to not bother with these details.  Do you know what I’ve discovered?  The food is still edible if you don’t mind the bites of frozen broccoli and the mess all over your microwave.

I’m afraid these food disasters come from a poor attitude of mine that sounds like this: “I know what to do, I’m just not doing it.”  I’ve followed the directions before and I know there is a better way to prepare my meal, but at the moment I’ve landed in the feeling of “So what?”  Unfortunately, this attitude can stretch into other areas of my life with larger consequences than chunks of frozen broccoli.  Like my health.

Most of us can admit that when it comes to our health, at times, we know how to care for ourselves, we’re just not doing it.  It doesn’t seem that important.  So here’s the BIG question: Is it important to Jesus that you take care of your body? In God’s view of the universe, how important is my eating vegetables, taking my meds or going for a walk?

It’s easy to come up with a list of things that are important to Jesus.  Salvation is at the top.  Then of course there’s justice, mercy and love.  Don’t forget things like caring for widows and orphans while you love your enemy and maintain unity with other believers.  The list could go on and on but is your health important to Jesus?

Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Christ gave Himself for you, not just for your eternal soul but for your life today- in the flesh.

It’s tempting to have a faith that rest so completely in the knowledge that your soul is saved for all eternity that you disregard the truth that Jesus is very much involved in your today.  So, if Christ is living in you -in your body- then how can your body NOT be extremely important to Him?

Between our doctors, our families, and the media, most of us know things we should be doing to care for ourselves better, we’re just not doing them.   Fight the temptation that says your body is not important.  After all, as a believer, it is none other than Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, Wonderful Counselor, King of Kings who lives in you.  Wow.  Kind of makes you think.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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