This sounds shallow and superficial, but if you live in Southern California like I do. You will be judged by your appearance. Probably more than any other place in the world.
I have seen it impact churches as well. I knew a minister who came in from the south, great heart for God and a passion for people but very over weight. The locals looked at them and immediately think that they don’t have anything to offer. Solely because of their appearance. Is that right, of course not but it begs the question. What is God’s perspective on the state of your physical body.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
So physical training is of some value but spiritual training is obviously Paul’s main thrust. But can’t we see that if your physical self is so out of balance that there is a spiritual problem. I’ve heard multiple accounts of young women who were sexually abused so they over ate In order to make themselves unattractive. Isn’t that a physical manifestation of spiritual problem?
We are spiritual beings who exist in a physical world. If we have spiritual problems many times they manifest in physical problems. Lack of self-control can show its self in addictions, overeating aka being fat, smoking, drinking etc.
Beyond that, I’m not super over weight(I do carry around a few extra pounds that I don’t need) but I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease. I want to be as effective as possible in the small amount of time I have on earth. That means I need this physical machine that my soul drives around the earth needs to be well maintained. Be Fit and healthy so it can do anything God asks of me.
So I believe not taking care of your self is an offence to God. He gave me this body and I need to be a good steward of it. Not worshiping it but maintaining it for his Glory and use.
How is the state of your Body impacting your effectiveness?