If you were asked what your biggest ministry tool is, what would you say? While you would probably answer your Bible or prayer, I am going to make the argument that your physical body is one of your biggest ministry tools. While perhaps Scripture and supplication are your most essential tools, your body plays a significant role in your ministry. Your body has the ability to help or harm your ministry.
Since I gave birth to my son, I have become increasingly aware of this reality. Because I nurse him, he eats what I eat. Because I am responsible for caring for this little human 24/7 how I feel impacts him. This has caused me to think through a few truths regarding my physical frame.
You are a Steward of Your Body
Just as we are stewards of our time, resources, and money, we are stewards of our bodies. Like everything else that we have, our bodies are on loan to us from the Lord. If we truly believe that reality, we are going to treat our bodies with care and respect. We are going to be conscious about what we put in them and how we take care of them.
You are Made in God’s Image
In Genesis 1:27, it says that we were created in the image of God. This means that even our physical bodies point back to the Lord. If our bodies are reflections of the most High God, this again is going to impact what we do with our bodies.
Your Body Enables Your Ministry
You use your hands to make a meal for a family with a new baby. You use your eyes to read God’s Word. You use your legs to run after your toddler. You use your mind to study your school work, excel at your job, and to memorize Scripture. For each of these actions, you rely on your body. Therefore, what we eat, how we exercise, and even how we take care of our mental and spiritual health affects our ministry.
Your Body Helps or Hinders Godliness
We all know how hard it is to read God’s Word when we are tired or sick. We know how difficult it can be to be gracious when we are hungry. Our physical bodies are not the source of our godliness, but they are a tool that we can utilize to be like the Lord. Our physical well-being affects every other area of our life.
The world will tell you that it is important to take care of yourself first. While their motivation is selfish, there is an element of truth to that. We take care of our bodies so that we can be the most effective servants of the Lord that we can be. Our motivation to care for ourselves is different.
When I exercise, I have more energy to take care of my baby and to serve my husband. When I eat right, my body is able to feed my baby better. I have been convicted about taking care of my biggest ministry tool and I hope that these truths will do the same for you!
Here are a few of my favorite resources for caring for your body. I would love to hear about yours!
My Favorite Resources for Taking Care of Your Biggest Ministry Tool:
Wellness Mama – simple strategies for pursuing natural health.
Mama Natural – whole living in a processed world.
BeFit – Youtube channel with free work outs