Health and Nutrition


God has always reminded us that the spiritual is vastly more important than the physical. As Paul the apostle put it this way: “Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). In another place, Paul says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18b). We are on our way to an eternity in God’s Kingdom, thus this should be the consuming passion even on earth!

But we must also remember that, although we are to be utterly concerned about the eternal future with God, still we must live on earth in this temporal life, and this requires us to focus on the physical body. We are to present our body as “a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1). If you are a Christian, “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19), thus you are to “glorify God in your body” (v. 20). Paul emphasizes this by declaring, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (10:31). Do you recognize that your body belongs to God, that your body is a temple of God, and that even eating and drinking should be for the glory of God?

Your physical nutrition, exercise, and other matters of the body are important to God who created our body! We hope that as you strive to be a true disciple of Christ and use your body in His service, you will find help and encouragement in the articles of this section of True Discipleship. Some of them are Christian in nature, while many of them are secular but do have helpful advice in keeping your body healthy, strong, and well for the Lord.


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