Are you a dedicated fitness buff? Or do you feel like that “fitness buff gene” would have really helped you out right about now? In this age of desk jobs, TV, junk food and computers, increasing obesity related health issues are prompting a shift in the national mindset toward a more health-conscious lifestyle. We want to get back to a state of fitness where our body has the energy and resilience to respond to its changing environment; the heart is not overloaded, the brain and nervous system successfully govern body operations, and all the organs receive the nutrients they need in the proper amounts. Achieving and maintaining a healthy body requires deliberate effort on our part to regulate our food and exercise to meet the needs of our specific body type.
Maintaining a healthy spiritual body works the same way. We are all members of one body, where Christ is the head. When this body is healthy, all the members receive the provision they need and they perform their unique functions in support of the whole body. Also, the brain (Christ) and nervous system (Holy Spirit) successfully govern what we do. God makes sure the body receives the food and exercise that it needs. So now the question is, are we executing our parts in the body with that which God has provided?
When this spiritual body is healthy, families run smoothly, businesses run smoothly, governments run smoothly, etc. The available resources are distributed to fill everyone’s needs; they are not stored away as fat by a few individuals who cannot use it all yet. And the body functions as a cohesive unit under the established authority. So what can we do to achieve a healthy body? Here are 7 keys to being fit for life:
- Recognize the part you fill in the body.
- Accept your role and recognize that you not only serve your own needs, but also the greater needs of the body.
- Recognize that everything you receive to fulfill your needs was produced as a result of someone else performing his/her role.
- Recognize that God is the source of all that the body receives, enabling each of us to make our contributions.
- Recognize that Jesus is the head.
- Maintain strong, clear communication with Jesus.
- Recognize that God the Father, the soul of the body, is responsible for the health and well-being of the body.
Be sure to tune in through the next couple of weeks as we give some helpful tips on how to apply these principles to achieve a smoother, more rewarding life!