Have you ever let someone borrow something that was precious to you and that was returned damaged? Why do you think people do that? Perhaps it’s because people only value what they have sacrificed to get. Things that don’t cost a person anything are often taken for granted. Do you think this careless neglect of someone else’s property a sin?
The Bible says that sin is the omission of a known duty; it is anything that goes beyond the boundaries that God established. So how are we disobeying God’s law by abusing someone else’s property? Well, didn’t God give us the commandment to love Him with all our hearts, minds and bodies, and our neighbor as ourselves? The lack of love for God, and for our fellow man, causes us to satisfy our own lustful pleasures and selfish desires while disregarding the needs or desires of others. That is disobedience of God’s law.
Are you disobeying God by not taking good care of what has been loaned to you? What is it that was loaned? You are in possession of something that doesn’t belong to you whether you’re aware of it or not. The Bible says in 1 Co 6:19-20 that if you are a child of God, your body is no longer your own. You do not belong to yourself because God bought you with a high price. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you and was given to you by God. So you must honor God with your body. You must respect and cherish what He has entrusted to you.
The Bible says that God cares about our bodies because they were made for Him. God will raise our bodies from the dead by his power, just as he raised Christ from the dead. Your body is actually part of Christ. Should a man take his body-which belongs to Christ-and knowingly abuse it?
Taking care of our physical bodies is good stewardship. A steward is a person who is appointed to manage and supervise something that belongs to someone else. God has given us charge over something that He created with His own hands, and that He holds in high regard. Let’s not continue to damage what God has so wonderfully made.
Most people don’t realize that much of what ails them is self-inflicted and avoidable. By making better decisions most of us would suffer far less. Decisions to rest when we are tired, to eat the right amounts of nutritional food, to drink plenty of water, and to exercise daily are basic requirements that few of us remember to keep. For the most part, we are undernourished, overweight and fatigued; while stubbornly insisting on doing it our way.
It is sadly ironic how some people go into battle and do everything in their power to keep from getting killed, and then kill themselves slowly with tobacco or alcohol because they ignore the warning signs. God created us with early detection signals. Let’s learn to read our own body language before it’s too late. Physical symptoms are God’s way of warning us that something needs to change. Why do we continue to smoke when our lungs are screaming for help? Why do we insist on drinking when our liver is not functioning properly? Why continue doing what is causing our family to pull away from us? Why do we choose to enslave ourselves to things which bring us or others harm? Because our habits are hard to break; and without the desire and commitment to change, change won’t happen.
Be a good steward. Don’t help the devil to steal, kill or destroy the days God has given you. Our willful negligence, laziness, or stubborn pride will not only shorten our allotted time, but it will also lessen the enjoyment we should have.
God made you and me for a purpose. Let’s seek wisdom so that we will always make the decision to do what is beneficial in every area of our lives and accomplish what we were born to do.