“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I received a letter in the mail, and I was advised my Commercial Drivers License physical was due in a couple of months. I hate to do these things, but I have to go every two years in order to maintain my license. I put this appointment off as I felt I had plenty of time, and I don’t particularly like going to the doctor. The physical is not as strenuous as it used to be, but needless to say, I did not want to go to get checked out.
I waited until the last minute to get my physical and I went in thinking this would be no big deal just as it had not been in the past. I breezed through the blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen checks with no problem, and I just had to do one more test and then go and see the doctor to finish out the rest. I was told to wait for the doctor and when she called me in, she told me news I was not quite ready to hear. She did another test on me and confirmed she could not pass me with the results. I was in a bit of shock and wholly disappointed. I feared this day would come, but I did not expect this day to be today. I thought I would go on just like I had in years past, but my poor decisions had caught up with me.
The doctor gave me some advice and she was really encouraging and optimistic. She had a great bedside manner, and I knew what I needed to do. I was going to have to make changes in my life, and I was going to have to make them immediately. I could no longer wait for “tomorrow” as I had been saying that for years with no success. I was glad my wife was waiting for me in the waiting room as I shared the bad news with her, and she was supportive in helping me change. I know I am responsible for my own choices, but it is always easier when you have a supportive partner who is willing to take the journey with you. I left the doctor determined to make lifestyle changes, and I knew I had to. If I wanted to have a future, the change would have to start immediately.
It is amazing the things physicians are able to find in the blood, and my blood had revealed the neglect and poor choices I had been making. God gave me this body, and I had not been a good steward of what He has given me. I love to exercise, but I also love to eat and this had caught up with me. The big portions, the love of carbs, and the lack of self discipline had done me in this time. I was not at the end of my rope, but I was headed to the end rather quickly. Our pastor recently gave a message at church in which he talked about being a poor steward of what God had given Him. I felt this way as well as the news was shared with me, and I knew that if I didn’t change, I would not be glorifying God with my choices. The body will break down as we grow older, but we must be careful not to allow it to break down before its time.
Are you a good steward of the body God has given you? Have you taken too many liberties with what you think is your body? Do you realize your body belongs to God? God will hold you accountable for what you did with the body He has given you, and I know I will answer for my carelessness and poor choices. I want to please God in all aspects of my life, and this is an area in which I did not honor God with my choices. You only have one body that God has given you, so be wise with the choices you make and know you are bought with a price and you are not your own.