Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to offer or present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God…
When we look at how the Jews in the Old Testament offered sacrifices to God, they brought the best to God as a sacrifice. They did not bring animals that were sick and offer them as a sacrifice to God. It was always the best for God, why would they offer him anything less than the best.
Are we presenting our bodies as the best living sacrifice to God? Is God pleased with what we are offering to Him?
Let’s look at how some of us are presenting our bodies to God. From the pastors to the congregation, people are sick. They are obese, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, headaches, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and many other health issues that could have been avoided through healthy eating and exercise.
Because of our lifestyle or lack of healthy lifestyle, we are unable to accomplish all that God has for us to do. We get winded just walking up the stairs. How can we do effective street ministry if we can’t walk 50 feet without having to stop and catch our breath?
Nearly one-half of the American population will be obese by 2030 according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This will result in an additional $66 billion dollars in health care expenditures, 7.8 million new cases of diabetes, 6.8 million new cases of stroke and heart disease.
Statistics suggest that the church today may indeed be in worse condition than the general population. A 2006 Purdue study found that fundamental Christians are by far the heaviest of all religious groups. Sometimes the church promotes unhealthy eating by offering unhealthy food options such as: sodas, chips, hot dogs, candy cookies, fried foods, cake, etc. to the congregation.
The Pawtucket Heart Health Program found that people who attended church were more likely than non-church members to be 20 percent overweight and have higher cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.
We are helping to send our church members to the grave early. They are praying for God to heal them but they aren’t giving God anything to work with. James 2:14, 26 states, faith without works is dead. It will do no good to believe or to have the faith for healing if there is no work behind it for God to heal or bless.