Read: Romans 12:1-2
One of the most common New Year resolutions made by most people is to be physically fit in the coming year. They enrol in various fitness programs to exercise and lose weight. Initially there is always a zeal to get going with the exercise regime, but many days later, stagnancy sets it. Food and laziness are temptations that can prevent them from reaching their goal of losing weight and staying healthy. The Bible says, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). God expects us to take care of our own bodies not being subject to gluttony. God wants us to be useful for His Kingdom. He expects His children to represent Him. Paul the apostle wrote, “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:26-27).
If you are faced with lack of strength and motivation to reach your target, give all your worries to God. “God gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength” (Prov. 40:29). Believe that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2). We should strive to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice and acceptable to God. And we should endeavour to keep our bodies healthy and available to be used by God for His glory.