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EP. 166 Five Ways to Care for Your Body (The Temple of the Holy Spirit)

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Welcome back to our series on living a balanced life. Last week, Tim and Kimberly shared the third area in our lives to find balance: our spirit. This week they are continuing the conversation by discussing how to find balance with our bodies.

Imagine that your life is like a wheel with eight spokes. A wheel will keep moving if one of your spokes is broken, but if multiple spokes are not balanced, your wheel will collapse. In a balanced life, each spoke supports one another. They work together to create a balanced life. In this series, Tim and Kimberly are covering the eight categories they recommend balancing in our lives: our minds, our emotions, our spirits, our bodies, our social lives, our finances, our unique purposes, and our homes.

Our bodies are not only physical. Our bodies are also the temple of the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Wherever our bodies go, the Holy Spirit of God goes as well. Many people like to emphasize the importance of glorifying God through the way we dress or look outwardly, but Tim and Kimberly want to emphasize how we can glorify God through taking care of our bodies.

We are stewards of the gift of our physical bodies. When Jesus died, He was buried and He rose from the dead. He ascended to the Father, and He poured out His Spirit. And for the first time, the Holy Spirit became a permanent indwelling intercessor for the followers of God. As followers of Christ, our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit.

All of our physical bodies will pass away. No one is taking their physical bodies with them when they die. Tim’s dad used to say, “When it’s time to die, all you have to do is be ready to die.” In other words, do you know Jesus Christ as your savior? When it’s time for your earthly life to pass away, you can be ready to move on without feeling fear.

1 Timothy 4:8 says, "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." It’s good to exercise and keep your body healthy but it’s only good while our physical bodies still exist. Godliness is for this life and the next.

Keeping our bodies healthy is not about looking good but about stewarding the bodies the Lord has trusted us with and that the Holy Spirit dwells within.

5 Ways to Care for Your Body (The Temple of the Holy Spirit)

  1. Know your limits. Know how much your physical body can take. Just because you mentally can push yourself further, doesn’t mean you need to.

  2. Move your body. Our bodies were created to move. Even if you work a desk job five days a week, don’t forget to get up and move around throughout the day.

  3. Nutrition. Try to avoid the fad diets that come and go, and focus on eating real, whole foods. Eat in a sustainable way.

  4. Hydration. Drink water. It’s a simple step but some people go throughout their entire day without drinking water.

  5. Rest. Don’t try to prove to everyone that you are the hardest worker by never taking a break. Schedule rest into your calendar. Get good sleep at night. Take a break. Don’t feel like every second of the day needs to be consumed with productivity.

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