Do you take care of your soul but neglect your body? There are people who behave like that and think they’re more “spiritual” and therefore superior as Christians than those who do care about their physique. They laugh at healthy eating and exercise, or look at it with suspicion as obsessive. And every aesthetic goal provokes in them straightaway disdain. They don’t realize that with all of that we can, and must as far as possible, give glory to God. We can glorify them through our body, and that way offer to Him complete worship. Let’s see why and how:
After relating the creation of the world and of man, soul and body, we read in the book of Genesis: “God looked at everything He had made, and found it very good”. He could have created everything in another way, he could have made us incorporeal as angels. But not, He made us with a body, and He considered it was very good. We have no right to ruin what God has created as good.
He has handed over the whole earth to man, but not as his owner, just as his tenant. We have a responsibility towards all the creation, that has already been damaged in its essence by our sin, but that we can also damage directly with out actions. We have then the duty to take care of and protect all nature. And, in a particular way, our body, our most intimate possession from creation that has been given to us. It’s our portion of land to cultivate with more diligently, the little piece of creation of which we’re more immediately responsible.