Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “My son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings. Don’t lose sight of them; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to one’s whole body.” Proverbs 4:20-22 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Develop a theology of health”
In his book, “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” Pastor Rick Warren writes, “The Christian family I grew up in attended church services every week. I have listened to thousands of sermons on what God has to say about our souls, our minds, our wills, and our emotions. But not once had I heard an entire sermon on God’s view of our bodies. The subject was completely ignored. This is why most people still have no theology of health.”
A “theology” is a system of organized thought on matters of faith. In the Bible God has given us such theologies, or systems of organized thoughts, on many matters of faith and life. The Bible provides us with a complete theology on subjects such as salvation, stewardship, marriage and family life, end times, heaven and eternity, and much more. It also provides us with a full theology on the subject of healthy living.
That’s essentially what we have been exploring all this month through this series of devotional messages – we have been exploring the theology of health as given by God in the Bible.
However, in addition to just providing us with a systematized collection of organized thoughts about important subjects, a theology is intended by God to be action-oriented. What we learn should translate into how we act. For instance, more than just teaching us about stewardship, a theology of stewardship should lead us to actually be good stewards. Likewise, rather than just teaching us about being healthy, a theology of health should lead us to actually live a healthier lifestyle.
I encourage you to go back and review what we’ve already learned so far this month about taking care of our bodies. What changes have you made? What bad habits are you working to stop and what good habits are you working on developing? What are you doing with what you have learned?
In the Bible God has given us a complete theology for healthy living. We need to learn that theology, and then we need to actually put into practice what we have learned.