I often see honest Christian people who are not at all healthy. Sometimes they become frustrated and discouraged, even wondering why God has not healed them. And sadly, too often they are experiencing the negative results of their lifestyle choices.
Some Christians have been criticized for not caring enough about their health, for being “so heavenly minded they are no earthly good.” Christian in general use tobacco and alcohol less than non-Christians, but then those who attend church regularly are more likely to be obese. Christians definitely have a mixed track record when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s put one question behind us. Your eternal destiny is not dependent on your body mass index, whether your fingers are nicotine-stained, or what disease(s) you have or don’t have when you die. Where you spend eternity is based only on your relationship with God through His Son Jesus. We’re not talking heaven or hell when we talk about health here: we’re very much talking about earth.
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But there are some very big reasons Christians should care about their health. Many Scripture passages show that God is interested in your health. Paul wrote, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:19,20)