Well, I did make changes. I’ve lost 20 pounds, am exercising regularly, have changed my eating habits and honestly am feeling much better. Guess Daniel was as smart as everyone said he was.
But the real motivation for change for me came from another guy in the Bible. Paul.
Paul says our bodies are the temple in which God has chosen to live.
That means we are the primary vessels and vehicles of the presence of God in the earth and among people. You might want to read that again, slowly…without the crunch of the potato chips.
You see, the emphasis is not on our bodies…though keeping the temple pure and fit is certainly implied.
The point is that the life of God is wherever we are.
Undisciplined appetites, unsurrendered attitudes and unredeemed behaviors fog the glass and blur the image of God in us.
When we pray for God to be “with” someone, we have to remember that He is–through us. We are the primary way God is present in any given situation. When we are less than a transparent image of Jesus, we can skew and misrepresent the essential presence of God.
Our role is not to artificially conjure up the Presence, but to live in a way where the authentic Presence of Jesus can be seen even through our imperfections and weaknesses.
Treasure…in jars of clay.
Everyday, every situation I enter and every person I encounter…I am carrying God’s presence.
May He be seen clearly.