Why Physical Health is NOT the Most Important

“All things in moderation”

This is such a commonly used phrase.  However, it’s quite applicable.  This post isn’t going to tell you about how you should have an 80-20 dietary approach, or that you should prioritize your health.  I’m actually writing this to ask you a question that’s been on my heart, as a health coach, and someone who deeply prioritizes her health and lifestyle.  

Is your physical health a bigger priority than your spiritual health?

Read it again.  I know, for all of you health gurus, this is a tough one to be honest with yourself on.  

As a Christian, I had to get real with myself on this one.  Is eating organic taking up more priority than getting in my Word in the morning?  When I have 30min of time on a busy day, do I prioritize my workout, or my prayer time?  When I started to get honest with myself, I realized that I felt guilty when I skipped some of my healthy habits for the day, yet didn’t feel that same twinge if I hadn’t spent enough time with the Lord.  This is when I realized, it is a problem.  

See, even a good thing can become an idol.  Oftentimes, when we read Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before me”, we think of other deities, money, or maybe celebrity figures.  However, even “good” things can become not so good.  For example, living a healthy lifestyle.

Now, I’m not saying by any means that you should lessen the importance and the standard of your health.  What I am saying is, the standard to which you hold yourself accountable towards your spiritual health must be THAT MUCH MORE of a priority and receive abundantly more passion than your healthy lifestyle.  

Think of these areas of your life like two beakers.  One beaker represents your prioritization of your spiritual health, and one represents your prioritization of your physical health.  If your physical health beaker is higher, you’ve got an imbalance on your hands.  

Why is this important?  Because, although the body is the temple of the Lord, and it is pleasing to God to care for it as such, the physical body will pass away.  We find in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the Word says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Clearly, Paul is emphasizing the importance of caring for the physical body, but, eventually, these bodies that are not our own will pass away, and it is the SOUL that is eternal.  As Christians, this is our hope in Christ, and therefore, spiritual health should be our utmost priority.  

So, what do the levels of your beakers look like?  Maybe it’s not physical health for you.  Maybe your idol is your job status, or maybe it’s your significant other.  Whatever it may be, if it’s getting more prioritization than your relationship with the Lord, it may be time to re-level your beakers.  How do you prioritize your time, as a believer?  Is there something that is coming before your passion for Christ?  Even if it’s a good thing?  Get honest with yourself.

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