Message From Matt | February 1, 2018

The body that you always wanted! 
 
How many advertisements have you read or commercials have you seen that promote a pill, diet, or exercise plan that will give you “the body that you always wanted”?  In our lifetime the number of these ads probably range in the thousands.  If you want to lose your gut – there is a pill or a plan for it!  If you want to grow hair – there is a procedure for that!  If you want to look younger – there is a cream for that too!  If you want to be healthier – for 3 easy installments of $19.99 you can get the latest gadget to get you there!  It seems as if our culture is saturated with the desire to look the best we can, to be as strong as we can, to feel as good as you can and if you need help, there are products out there that will help you achieve your goal!  

Is there anything wrong with being healthier, stronger, or younger looking?  Of course not!  In fact, it is biblical to be a good steward of our “temple”, but the reality is that the best body that you will ever have is not by taking a pill or doing the latest workout craze!  If you are a believer of Jesus Christ, it is actually when Jesus returns for His church that you will have your best, glorified body!  

Look what these verses say about our glorified bodies:

1 Corinthians 15:52-53 –  “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 

Philippians 3:20-21 – “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” 

1 John 3:1-2 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

A curse of the fallen world in which we live is that we will have sickness, troubles and death!  The blessing of spending an eternity with the Lord is that our bodies will be like His – PERFECT!  Today we live with pain, wrinkles, aches, and problems, but when we are with Him – NO PAIN OR PROBLEMS!  What a glorious thing – thank God for this truth!

Even though, at the rapture of the church, our bodies will be changed to be like His glorious body, don’t give up on looking and being healthy in this life!  If you have an exercise plan – keep it going!  If you don’t have an exercise plan – start one!  If you want to look younger – go for it!  If you want more hair – don’t worry about it…BALD is BEAUTIFUL!  🙂 Continue to watch what you eat and be a good example to others in this area!   Keep on pressing on towards good health.  BUT…also focus on the Lord more and more until Jesus returns or until we pass away! Physical exercise is good, but Godly exercise is best (1 Timothy 4:8).  

 

I’ll end with this…

“For the grace of God that bringeth  salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:11-14

Look for Jesus’ return!!

Matt Roller