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Godly Motivation to Get Healthy

Healthy comes in many sizes. And while God does care about the state of our physical bodies, more than anything He cares about our hearts. He cares about the reason we get healthy, He cares about the effect that our health has on our walk with Him.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing out eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

It’s time to start thinking about the REASONS why we want to get healthy. This verse in Hebrews shares three reasons why we want to have a healthy walk with the Lord in our physical bodies.

An iCloud of Witnesses

First, we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.  There are people watching YOU. People in your life see the way you live. They see the hope and grace that you possess and they see the way you eat and exercise.  We are an example to the world, we were called to be the light. Not just in our walks with Christ, but in the way we physically live. There are certain virtues that we work towards, for example patience. Right now, I have two five-year-old boys.  I don’t think I have to explain why I pray for patience on a daily basis. I’m consistently working towards being more patient and understanding.

In our healthy journeys, it can be easy to forget about patience. In weight loss, we want instant results. Any diet that promises you that you can exercise and eat kale one day and fit into your skinny jeans the next is a best seller.

When I can wait for the results I want, I’m showing patience. When I can choose healthy options instead of a donut, I’m showing self-control. And when I refuse to listen to negative talk about my body and show kindness, then I’m being an example of Jesus.  Not just in word, but in deed.

Choosing to Let Go

Second, we are called to throw off the sin that easily entangles us.  We must make a conscious effort to let go of those things that trip us up and cause us to sin. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to be a slave to anything except Jesus Christ. In the past, I was a slave to diets, I was a slave to food and cravings. I was even a slave to thinking badly about myself. I want to throw that off, so I make a conscious effort to eat according to the hunger and fullness signals that God gave me. And I also fill my mind and heart with what HE says about my body.

In another token, we can let go of things that cause us to live in an unhealthy way, those things that trip us up.  Doing things like cleaning out the pantry and filling it with good foods. If you have a particular food that always causes you to overeat, then throw it away, or don’t buy it. Make a conscious decision to avoid it and see how God honors you for that decision.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Last, we must fix our eyes on Jesus.  It’s easy to fix our eyes on magazine covers and celebrities, but they won’t motivate us in a healthy way. Comparison isn’t a godly motivation. In fact, God’s Word says, “Those who compare themselves by themselves are not wise” (2 Corinthians 10:12). Comparison doesn’t do anyone any good. Instead, we can look to the One who created us and loves us. We can see how valuable we are to Him and use that as motivation to keep our bodies in the best health that we possibly can.

Dig Deeper

How are you living as an example to the world, first in your relationship with Christ, and second in your health choices?

What things can you let go of that are “easily entangling” you?

Choose today to fix your eyes on Jesus, how can you do that? By getting into His Word. Get your calendar or phone out right now and schedule a time to meet with your Creator.

If you liked this devotional, then check out Heart Fix, Ashley’s Day Devotional to bring your heart and health together!

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