When dealing with physical health, it is difficult to separate image from the topic. How we look is one of the ways that we judge our progress towards optimal physical health. If our clothes are fitting better, we are heading in the right direction. It is also a meter for determining health in others, and guides us where to get our information on the subject. We see a trainer at the gym who is in good shape, and we will listen to his advice because his body gives credence to his words. It’s not that much different than a Christian’s actions giving credence to his faith. However, the world would have you stop there. Looking good is the end game. The prize? Attention, popularity, sexual fulfillment, pride, self-esteem. However, God would call you to live your life for a purpose higher than these things.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.” I John 2:16-17.
While it is true that during our time here on Earth we must go about the business of living (eating, drinking, sleeping, working, communicating, worshiping, resting), the focus and purpose of these things should stretch beyond our time. As beings bound for life beyond this world, our end focus should be eternity. Our time here on this Earth is just a hash mark on the timeline of our life. All of the earthly things that we live for will pass away. The money. The fame. The attention. The looks. They will all be gone. But what lives forever is the work done for the Lord. Work done from an eternal perspective. While our physical bodies will only last for a lifetime, what we use them for and why will follow us beyond this life. Don’t let image be the higher calling that drives you to better physical health.