Proper Nutrition

In 3 John, a short letter by the apostle John, we read a simple but important greeting: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” (3 John 1:2, ESV). This was a standard greeting in the ancient world, but it nonetheless links together the health of body and soul. To serve Jesus, we need to be in good health as far as we are able. While we all have different bodies, some basic principles, such as exercise, diet, and rest, exist for all of us. As we take care of our bodies, we have a greater capacity to serve others, as well as clear minds to receive truth from God’s Word.

Nutrition is a key part of good health, and one our fast-paced lives often leave behind. Even Jesus’ disciples had trouble finding time to eat right. Scripture says, “And he [Jesus] said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat” (Mark 6:31, ESV). Half our problem is simply taking time to eat well—instead of grabbing snacks or fast food. It may not always be possible to have the most balanced meal, but a little planning ahead can make the difference. Whether it is work or school, making meals for the week ahead can help you make healthy plans, as well as save money.

As for what to eat, that depends on your tastes and preferences, but Scripture offers advice on clean and unclean meats (Lev. 11), as well as revealing that God’s original diet for us was vegetarian (Gen. 1:29). Soda and juice may make tasty treats, but a steady diet of them will harm your teeth, so staying hydrated with lots of water is also a good idea. In 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul reminds us that our lifestyle is a witness to the world. He writes, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Take a moment to consider what changes you could make regarding what and how much you are eating, and if your pace of life is preventing you from good nutrition.