Sin is satisfying a God-given desire in a god-forsaken way - your health is a God-given gift, and treasuring it is good
The improper view of health and wellness can lead to two extremes
Worry about health so much that you either live in fear or seeking wellness becomes an idol
Not being concerned about health at all and using our bodies only as a means for pleasure
Family or personal history of poor health
General fear or anxiety or certain seasons - coronavirus
2 Timothy 1:7 - “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
“Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” are some of the most commonly used phrases used in the Bible
To combat the fear we should focus on the sovereignty of God and the call to look outside of ourselves.
Speaking of God’s involvement in our lives:
“And not just live or die. He’s even more involved than that. ‘If the Lord wills, we will...do this or that.; Nothing is excluded from ‘this or that.’ He is totally involved. Totally. This health or that sickness. This economic collapse, or that recovery. This breath, or not.”
Speaking of God’s desire for us to love our neighbors:
“Therefore, one of God’s purposes in the coronavirus is that his people put to death self-pity and fear, and give themselves to good deeds in the presence of danger. Christians lean toward need, not comfort. Toward love, not safety. That’s what our Savior is like. That is what he died for.”
Pray for health and healing
We should not seek our own comfort at the expense of our neighbors.
John 15:13 - “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Making health and wellness an idol
An idol is something you place above God in your life
What we spend our time on (both in action and thought) and our money on
Exodus 20:5 describes God as a “jealous God”
Luke 10:27 tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and 1 John 2:15 tells us not to love the world or the things in the world
We live in a culture obsessed with extending life and increasing quality of life.
Idolatry of health and wellness could include:
Making an idol out of what you eat and ignoring God’s provision of food
Disciplining your body for peak performance while neglecting the spiritual disciplines
Seeking self-care above care for others.
Ignoring our health to seek physical pleasure
Gluttony -eating when you’re not hungry
When we overindulge in food because it is our main source of satisfaction then it has replaced God in our heart.
Sloth - laziness is resting when you’re not tired.
Alcoholism and sex - Do we see them as sins against the body as well as sins against God?
God gives us boundaries for our well-being. Bring him glory by enjoying his gifts within those boundaries, and thanking him for His goodness
A godly perspective on health and wellness is somewhere in the middle
I can’t decide for anyone where that middle is
We have clear teaching in Scripture, but outside of that we have to rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Trust that the Holy Spirit is working in others and remember that our middle is not necessarily theirs.
Love God and love others, everything else will follow.
If you haven't checked out Episode 9 with Jen and Justin Collier on health and wellness, check it out here.
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