“Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13)
I had read Romans several times, but about a year ago God highlighted this verse for me. I was reading along and it was like their was a floodlight on these words. I said, “OK God, I know you have something for me to learn from this verse, what is it?”
We are to use our whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory to God.
When you first read this, if you were like me, you thought - God seems a bit egotistical and self-centered. Why does He want everything to be about bringing Him glory. As I grew in my faith, I realized that’s not at all what this verse is about. This verse is actually about me and you because when we do everything to bring God glory, when we try and live like Jesus did, our life is so much better. In addition, when we live to give God glory others will see the difference, they will see our joy and hopefully be more open to hear about the love and truth of God.
Now the tricky part - how do we use our whole body as a tool to bring God glory. There are so many ways we can do this, but let’s focus here on how we can care for our body in such a way that brings God glory.
When healthy eating and exercise are part of your daily life you feel more energized and have a better attitude. Isn’t it easier to love and serve others when you feel good? I’m not saying you can’t reflect God’s love if you aren’t physically fit, but isn’t it easier to selflessly love others when you have more energy?
Although having a better physique shouldn’t be the main reason for taking proper care of your body, if someone notices the change in your body, use it as an opportunity to bring God glory. When they compliment you on your weight loss, you could answer, “I’ve tried diets and exercise programs in the past and failed miserably, but when I asked God to help me, it made such a difference.” That simple statement might nudge someone a bit closer to wanting to know more about God. Even something God doesn’t really care about, the shape of your body, can be used as a way to bring God glory.
When others see that your faith isn’t just about checking off the Church box on Sunday, and they see your faith actually helps you with all parts of your life, they might be intrigued enough to ask you more about the God who helps you through life.
God is not asking you to go to church once a week, He is asking you to live your life in such a way that others will see God’s love through you. Take care of your body so you have the energy and attitude needed to love and serve others and do all things for God’s glory.
There is a great book called, "My Utmost for His Highest". I didn't really get this title until I started reading the book and it said, "My Best for His Glory". All of a sudden the title clicked. Wow, this is what I want for myself and for you. We give our best in everything, including how we care for our body, for His glory!
Take a listen to this song by Steven Curtis Chapman called, “Do Everything”
** What other ways can you use your body as a tool to bring God glory? How do you think these verses tie in with Romans 6:13? What can you do so that you live out these verses?
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT)
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1 Message)
Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body uses or burns through to maintain itself. The number of calories you use during a day will fluctuate depending on your activity but your metabolism is based on what your body uses when stationary.
Metabolism gets blamed when people put on weight or have trouble losing weight, but what many people don’t realize is that you can speed up or increase your metabolism.
To best way to jump-start your metabolism is to exercise. Strength training burns fat and increases your lean muscle mass. By increasing your lean muscle mass, your metabolism will increase because muscle tissue uses more calories than fat tissue. You do not only burn more calories during the exercise, you burn more calories all day and all night. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories to sustain itself yet a pound of fat only uses 2 calories.
As we age we naturally lose muscle mass. When we lose muscle mass our metabolism slows down and that is why it is harder to maintain a healthy weight as we age. I hear from many women in their 40’s who say, “I didn’t change my eating and I have put on weight”. I explain to them this typically happens because women in their 40’s go through a pretty drastic decrease in muscle. If we don’t strength training we will continue to lose muscle which will make it harder and harder to maintain a healthy weight.
All Faithful Workouts programs incorporate strength training. There are so many benefits to strength training, and an increased metabolism is one of them. The better your metabolism, the easier it is to maintain a healthy body weight.
Cardiovascular (or aerobic) exercise allows you to increase the amount of calories you burn both during the workout and up to 4 to 8 hours after you stop exercising. Cardio training though has less of an effect on your metabolism. Strength training has a greater impact on metabolism but cardio exercises also helps you burn through more calories (and cardio exercise benefits other body functions.)
A combination of cardio and strength training is best for optimal fat burning and metabolism boosting. Exercise any time you can fit it into your day and you will start to look and feel healthier.
Here are some nutrition tips that may increase your metabolism. Theses affects are somewhat small compared to the benefit of exercise but they can make a difference. Everything helps!
Don’t Crash Diet: When you drop your caloric intake too low it has a negative impact on your metabolism. If you lose weight too quickly it is often from muscle. Less muscle means slower metabolism. Also, your body adjusts to the decreased supply of food which again causes your metabolism to slow down.
Drink Water: When your body is even slightly dehydrated it can cause your metabolism to slow down. One study revealed that women who drank 8 glasses of water burned more calories than those that drank only 4. It’s also good for so many other parts of your body.
Eat Breakfast: Breakfast is essential. Your body has been deprived of food throughout the night; therefore your metabolism has slowed. If the
cells do not receive sufficient nutrients they will begin to function less efficiently on smaller amounts, and they will actually store more fat to use during these times of nutritional deprivation. If possible eat something healthy within an hour of rising.
Eat Small Amounts Often: Eating six small meals a day will keep your body's fuel supply consistent and keep your metabolism revved up. Avoid eating late at night because your metabolism naturally slows down in the afternoon and evening, so eat a hearty breakfast.
Eat the Right Kinds of Foods: Choosing healthy foods, such as lean protein and vegetables, can actually increase your metabolism. It requires more energy from your body to digest protein than it does to digest fat. Increase your dietary fiber and limit sugary foods, alcohol, caffeine and don't smoke. Studies show that the best foods to increase your metabolism and help you lose weight are fish, dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, blueberries and other fruits, whole grains, and at least 8 glasses of water a day (I am big on water and will continue to remind you to drink more).
You can jump-start a sluggish metabolism through exercise and diet which will have lasting health benefits for you. Not only will you lose weight and gain muscle mass, but also you'll have more energy and you'll feel great!
**Which of the above suggestions are you most excited to incorporate into your daily routine? What can you do to stay motivated so that you make it a habit? Is you do not own an exercise band, take a look at our website. We offer several types of bands with different resistance levels. Exercise bands are an awesome way to strengthen your muscles and increase your metabolism.
Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals. Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results.