Most people do not think about how to honor God with their body when they navigate their daily lives. They go about their day moving from place to place until it’s time to go home, eat dinner, and go to bed.
As a Christian, honoring your body is essential to your relationship with God. You honor God in the way you honor your body.
What Does The Bible Say About Honoring Your Body
There are many ways to honor God with your body. However, for this article, we will focus on how to honor God with your body through food.
According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple given to us by God. We do not belong to ourselves because we were bought with the greatest sacrifice. Therefore we ought to use our bodies to glorify God.
In other words, honoring God With your body means paying attention to what you eat and when you eat it. For example, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says our bodies are God’s temple. We are his sacred temples, and destroying his temple by mindlessly eating whatever we desire will lead to destruction.
Lastly, 1 Corinthians 10:31 says whether we eat or drink, we should do it to glorify God. In other words, everything we do should honor God because he lives within us, including eating food.
Research has shown us that foods high in refined carbs as well as fatty and sugary foods, can lead to diseases. Eating too much of these foods will destroy our bodies over time.
I’m not saying you have to eat salad at every meal. However, you should not eat too many fatty or sugary foods. Eat more whole grains instead of refined carbs, and eat a serving of fruit or vegetables with 1-2 meals daily.
How Do You Honor God With Your Body
Honoring God with your body means treating it like the sacred temple it is. Your body is a special gift. It is something you should not consciously or unconsciously destroy. Here are 3 ways you can honor God by keeping your body in pristine shape.
You have probably heard about eating in moderation several times. Moderation is essential to maintaining your temple.
Moderation means practicing restraint and avoiding excess. For example, eating pizza or fries every day would be considered excessive. However, eating them once a week or month would be practicing moderation and avoiding excess.
Moderation is all about creating a balanced diet. A balanced diet will ensure you are not eating too many foods that will affect your body negatively in the long run. It will ensure you honor your temple by staying alive for as long as possible.
Practice Mindfulness And Mindful Eating
Moderation, mindfulness, and mindful eating go hand in hand. Mindfulness means continuously concentrating on the present moment. In other words, this ancient practice is about living in the moment and paying attention to your body’s sensations.
In contrast, mindful eating means being present during the eating process. You are fully aware, paying attention to emotional and physical sensations in a non-judgmental way.
Mindful eating will help you preserve God’s temple. You are actively selecting which foods you are eating instead of unconsciously eating free food or whatever you can get your hands on.
Furthermore, you are paying attention to how the food is making you feel. For example, if you feel sleepy after eating certain foods, you can eat more energy-boosting foods like nuts. These foods will give you the energy to get through the day, attend Bible study or Sunday service, and read and understand the Word.
Additionally, you can ask yourself thought-provoking questions like am I honoring God with my body if I eat this slice of cake? These hard questions will keep you in a mindful state and ensure that no destruction is caused over time by the foods you eat.
Meal planning is a great tool to help you honor your body. Meal planning means planning your meals beforehand. It involves using the foods you have in your kitchen, foods that are on sale, your personal preferences, seasonal items, and your schedule to create a week or a month’s worth of meals you will cook in the near future.
Meal planning helps you practice moderation by creating a balanced diet. For example, if you are eating a heavy dinner like lasagna, you can balance your diet by eating a kale salad for lunch with a side of quinoa and avocado toast for breakfast.
Meal planning can also help you practice mindful eating. As I mentioned above, a part of mindful eating is concentrating on what you eat. You can craft a healthy meal plan that helps you protect your body and honor God’s temple.
As Christians, honoring God should be at the forefront of our minds every moment we are awake. One of the easiest ways to honor God is through food. Practicing moderation, mindful eating, meal planning, and reading the Word will help you honor God.