I’ve always struggled with my weight. I wrote about it a long time ago here on the blog and well it’s pretty much 9 years later and the same ol’ story.
I grew up comparing myself to my super thin sisters and since I was always the “curvy” sister due to my unique eating habits (ie. my ability to rapidly eat a bag of potato chips in one sitting), I’ve always felt frustrated with my weight. I have had a few years in my life, where I was thin and fit. But most of the time, I’ve just struggled with it.
Do you have days where you look in the mirror and don’t like your body?
Recently I’ve gained a few pounds and these thoughts of discontentment are plaguing me once again. And while it feels good to be working on healthier habits using my Habit Tracker – (I hope to write more on this soon), when I consider that some of my loved ones are battling very real and serious health issues – I can’t help but to feel convicted of my discontentment with my body.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
(1 Timothy 6:6)
Godliness + Contentment = Gain
To me – there is no higher compliment than being called godly.
What is godliness?
It is someone who is so focused on God that their conduct and character reflects their private, intimate walk with God.
They are walking with the King and it is evident by their daily life and speech.
Oh how I long to be godly. This struggle over my weight befuddles me.
It has caused me to turn to God and ask him for help and for right thinking time and time again. Sometimes I win this battle and somedays I am losing badly. But this I know.
This struggle is good for me.
You might think that is crazy to say – but I know it is good when we wrestle these things out and call on God to give us guidance. He cares!
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
72 The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
(Psalm 119:71 & 72)
God is concerned with our bodies! He gave them to us to steward.
We are about to celebrate Easter Sunday – the resurrection of Jesus. And the resurrection is all about our future hope of eternal life.
It is because Jesus died on the cross and rose again that our bodies will be resurrected too! And that gives me hope. I’m not stuck in this body forever – PTL!
Let’s look at I Corinthians 15. It is a fascinating chapter not only about Jesus’ resurrection but also about the believer’s resurrection!
What will our bodies be like in heaven?
Just think about the most beautiful woman you have ever seen on earth – she is under the curse of sin. If we saw Adam and Eve most likely it would take our breath away – they were created perfect. And if they saw us – they might be in shock!
The Bible does not give us a lot of details about what we will look like in heaven – but it gives us a word picture so that we can begin to imagine what our bodies will be like in heaven. God’s word compares our bodies to a seed.
Many years ago, the children and I planted sunflower seeds and tomato seeds. When those seeds rose up – they looked nothing like the original seeds! The sunflowers grew to be 6 feet tall and glorious! The tomatoes became plump, juicy and bright red! They changed dramatically.
It is the same with our bodies – our bodies are like a seed…and after death we will be raised up with glorious bodies! Read this!
I Corinthians 15 says,
“If Christ had not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead (AMEN!!)…someone may ask, How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”
“When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. (37,38)…
There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another(40)…
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.(42-44)“
Oh I love this hope that God gives us!
Our body is perishable – but it will be raised imperishable!
Our body is sown in dishonor – but it will be raised in glory!
Our body is sown in weakness – but it will be raised in power!
Our body is sown as a natural body and will be raised as a spiritual body!
This world is not our home – we are just passing through. God calls our bodies weak – none of us are superwoman. And it’s okay – we were not made to be superwoman – she is a fictitious character!
But on Good Friday, when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we were redeemed and bought with the price of his blood. Our body is not our own – it is the Holy Spirit’s temple and we are to glorify God with our bodies.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)
I feel like there’s to be a delicate balance between stewarding our body while also being content and understanding that everyone’s body is imperfect. The negative thoughts that plague our minds are not from Jesus. They are from our enemy who wants to tear us down.
If we are convicted by the Holy Spirit because of some unhealthy habits – then that’s a different story – but conviction and just plain lies, playing on a loop in our minds, are very different.
I think we need to remember how much we should thank God for our bodies and all that they do for us every.single.day!
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
The reality is my body is just a seed – a seed I have to live in for no more than 60 more years. Then I am going to get a juicy body in heaven! And you will too!!!!
Praise the Lord that Jesus rose from the dead – our hope is in Him!
If you are like me and struggling a little with contentment – remember godliness with contentment is great gain.
So instead of weight gain –
let’s have some godliness and contentment gain today!
And remember – you have a a glorious spiritual body awaiting you in heaven!
Walk with the King,
Let’s grow in godliness together!
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