What does it look like to steward something? Stewardship is taking care of something that is someone else’s. When we give our lives to him, that means everything we have is his. So, when it comes to our health and body, we must steward what God has given us. Stewardship is a big principle in the Bible. We steward our family, money, and possessions so why would we not steward what is arguably the most priceless possession that God has entrusted to us: our body. This a foreign concept to you? Let’s dive into how important it is.
Why take care of ourselves? I mean, isn’t our spiritual being so much more important than the outward appearance? Absolutely! But why not let our body reflect the work God is doing on the inside? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6 that WE are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God is no longer housed in one place that we have to go to, but it dwells within us! The temple in the Old Testament was adorned with priceless metals and other precious items. It was kept up and taken care of in such a way that would honor and bring glory to God. So why not do the same with our bodies? I’m not saying that everyone needs to have a 6-pack. Health is not primarily about what we look like on the outside but about how our bodies are working on the inside. We need to be able and available for everything that God is calling us to do. If our physical bodies stand in the way of something that God has called us to do because we aren’t taking care of them then we must reevaluate how we are taking care of ourselves.
So, what does this practically look like for you? Everyone is different. Everyone is made different and has different callings. There are some general principles that can be used by everyone. We must partner with the way that God has made our bodies to function by moving, eating, and resting as appropriate for our season of life. We must move to maintain our bone structure and muscle strength. We must eat to fuel our body with the nutrients and energy it needs to function. We must rest so we can let our bodies repair and recover. Rest includes adequate sleep, recovery and stretching. I would encourage you to find someone that you trust to help you steward your body the way it’s meant to be stewarded. Whether that is a personal trainer, friend or family member – we all have a calling to steward our bodies well so we can go from Glory to Glory for a lifetime!