How do we achieve optimum health? In mind, body and spirit, we honor God when we acknowledge that we are His workmanship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Maintaining our health is one of the best gifts we can give to God, but along with prayer, exercise and healthy eating, there are many other ways to worship him daily:
Speak The Good News. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking light not only builds the Kingdom, it also helps to keep you healthy through faith and hope (Isaiah 61).
Live by faith, not by sight. A large percentage of what enters our bodies daily is not through our mouths, but through our eyes and ears. Be sure that the media you ingest daily is edifying for you, for your family, and for the Kingdom.
Our attachments can make us sick. Bad habits can be destructive to health, but even in our compassion for others, we can sometimes internalize their afflictions and demons. Gently remind others that laying their burdens on Jesus connects them to an eternal wellspring of life and health.
Physician, heal thyself! More and more, we’re relying on statistics, pills, and physicians who do not share our faith in the transformative, healing power we have through Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:1-17).
Guard your heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today. Maintaining the health of your heart healthy, and accessing the power of God’s universe through Christ, is key to a healthy and abundant life (Prov 4:23).
Written and illustrated by Karen Lascaris