Do you ever consider the care of your physical body as part of your Christian worship of God? The world promotes the care of one’s body under the banner of self-love. There are few things as important as proper care of your body, yet there are few things in life as dangerous as self-love (2 Timothy 3:1-2). How then ought we as Christians to renew our minds regarding bodily care?
The answer is no different to anything else we as Christians do. We sing, pray, obey, and read the Bible all because we love God and worship God. So also, the appropriate physical functions of daily living are to be done, not because we love ourselves, but because we love God and worship God.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
Take appropriate care of your body because you want to exploit life’s opportunities to make much of God. When Elijah was fearful, depressed, and panicked, God had some firm words of comfort, counsel, and instruction, but first, God fed Elijah (1 Kings 19). Even the Son of Man sat down when tired (John 4:6) and took His Apostles away for a time of quiet after a busy period (Mark 6:31).
We are forbidden to be anxious about bodily care (Matthew 6:25) or consider ourselves spiritual for excessive (1 Peter 3:3-4) or little bodily care (Colossians 2:23), but if even a time of fasting is to be accompanied by proper physical care (Matthew 6:16-18), certainly then let us sleep well, eat well, practise proper hygiene and get dressed appropriately each day so that “whatever you do” it will be done “all to the glory of God.“