I love food. I love comfort. I love snugly blankets, big comfy chairs, my PJ's staying on all day. And though rest is good, food is a necessity, and it's fine to love fuzzy blankets, these things all working together turn into laziness and a lack of care for my body.
Although Taylor and I have been pretty good at going to the gym lately, and we are trying to improve our eating, we still love food. When I get stressed, I eat a whole bag of potato chips. Taylor eats a pint of ice cream.
But treating our bodies like this is a sin. God created our bodies to work for us, not against us. But when we constantly put bad things in our bodies, and decide not to go to the gym but sit around instead, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
God commands us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 to take care of our bodies:
God commands this of us because we belong to Him. Our bodies are his and our lives are his. If we spend our lives not taking care of our bodies, what kind of witness are we being to those around us? In my eyes, we are basically saying "Hey, I follow God and Jesus saved my life, but I am not willing to take care of what he has given me... I'd rather eat". Through my daily actions, this is what I am doing. I am unintentionally spitting at the command to take care of my body.
Is it a sin to miss going to the gym, or to eat a sugary treat? No, I don't think so. What is a sin though, is to live a lifestyle that constantly avoids exercise, accepts unhealthy eating, and encourages laziness. That is when it's a sin- and I'm the worlds worst for doing all of those things.
Just as God called us to be good stewards of the earth, good stewards of our money, and good stewards of our families, God has also called us to be good stewards of our bodies. He wants us to take care of what he has blessed us with. If we don't, we are missing an entire element of being a good witness, and we are not "working with all our might, in all we do, for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).
So, as I am now challenging myself to be more mindful of how I have treating my body, I'd encourage you to do the same. Aim to take better care of your body. God not only commands it, but it will benefit you and glorify him.