To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2016 Issue – Alive, ‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’ Ephesians 2:4-5
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Proverbs 3:1-12 (NIVUK): “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
I liked Selwyn’s conclusion: “We need to learn to take care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually and physically. There are at least three things necessary to keep our bodies functioning in the way they were designed: we need to eat properly, exercise regularly and have the right attitudes. It’s not only what you eat, but what is eating you, that affects the body.”
Just as we are called to be good stewards of the material gifts which God gives us through the expression of His grace – we should also be good stewards of the main gift – our lives. Consequently, we should look after our bodies because in this way our heart and mind can functional efficiently. When we, as a living being, are functioning at our best then we are in a better position to faithfully serve our God. Do you agree?