Is Physical Health a Big Deal?

God cares about what goes into our bodies and how we take care of them. Kyle lays out what God tells us in His Word regarding physical health, and he encourages us to follow these good-for-us-guidelines wholeheartedly.
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For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Bodily training?! Wait, wait, wait!! I know many of you will read that verse and be ready to turn the page to a different passage, or you may be thinking there must be some other great devo’s out there that have a better topic for me today!

Before you move on to another topic take five minutes to see what the Word (not some trainer, not the P.E. teacher, and not the dude on the infomercial) has to say!

1.  Priority #1 - Being physically active and healthy is not our number one priority! The Word isn’t going to let you off the hook and say that health is of zero value, but in 1 Timothy we do read that Godliness is the priority! With Godliness being at the forefront, Paul tells us bodily training is of some value. Being physically active, healthy, and training the body to be strong and ready to go for God and what He calls you to in this life is great. Putting Godliness first, as it is “of value in every way” and “holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” is where priority must lie. Don’t take the easy way out however, pretending bodily training doesn’t count. If it’s in the Word as “value”, we can take to the bank that doing it is beneficial!

2.  A Price – Yes, there is a price we must pay if we want to feel good, look a certain way, or perform at a certain level. The Word however, talks about another price that was paid. In 1 Corinthians 6:20 we read, “For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I am not here to tell you what you should or should not eat, or to ask how many miles you have run this week. I am simply relaying what the Word of truth states…you were bought with a price and are no longer your own. Are you living for God in your health and lifestyle, or are you living like your body is your own?

3.  His Glory – “It’s all about His Kingdom (not ours), it’s by His power (not ours), and it’s for His glory (not ours)”.  This is one of T Bar M’s core values based off of Matthew 6:13, along with 1 Corinthians 10:31 which states “So, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God”. ALL is the key word here, and it turns out the more we look at scripture, the more we’ll see ALL is a big deal! Whether we are talking about our work, our workout, our diet, our thoughts, our anything, it should ALL be done for the glory of God!

So next time you are doing life, considering your diet, working out, or doing anything at all, remember what the Word says, we are bought with a price and are not our own, and we are to do ALL for the glory of God!

Camper Corner:

Do you enjoy running around outside and getting stronger? Do you think it is important to eat foods that are good for you? Do you know what the Bible says about being active and healthy?


About The Author

Kyle Lynch

Kyle is originally from Brush, Colorado and grew up a Beetdigger (wow, now that rivals our local high school mascot, the Unicorns!). Kyle attended college at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Before joining staff at camp, Kyle worked for the Parks and Rec Department in the city of Brush, CO. He organized camps, tournaments, sports leagues, and a ton of other programs, all contributing to the unique skill set he brings to his role as Day Camp Men's Director here at T Bar M.


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