An Urgent Warning For Healthy People

There’s something worse than being out of shape and not able to fit into the jeans you wore last year.

Imagine the horror of finally losing those last ten pounds.

Imagine that feeling of emptiness that comes with hitting a personal record on your half marathon time.

Imagine the shame of having perfect blood pressure.

Only to get to the end of your life and find out that none of that mattered quite as much as you thought it did. Don’t get me wrong. God gave you your body. He designed it to move, not lay around and eat chips. And you only get one body. So it’s important that you take care of it. But there’s a difference between taking care of something and worshiping it.

A good sign that you are worshiping your body is that you find your identity in numbers. The three digits on the scale. The time on your watch when you cross the finish line. The reading on the blood pressure monitor.

Another good sign that you are worshiping the body god is when you feel like the worst person ever when you miss exercising a day or two in a row but never think twice about going days, weeks and months without communicating with God or communing with his saints.

The tragedy here is that those numbers you’re always chasing will eventually betray you. At some point, your body will get weaker and slower. Your blood will stop moving like it’s supposed to move. What then?

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 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 4:7-8 (ESV)

Taking care of yourself is valuable. It matters. I highly recommend it.

Just be careful that it doesn’t become your god. Because, like all other pretend gods, this one will let you down.

There’s something worse than being out of shape and not being able to fit into the jeans you wore last year.

That something is to make it to your last day on earth with perfect blood pressure, six-pack abs and a great 10k time only to find out, too late, that your Creator wasn’t quite as impressed with your accomplishments as you were.

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 (ESV)

Beware of the easily blurred line between taking care of yourself and worshiping yourself.