It’s so inspiring to be immersed in a culture that has become increasingly focussed on eating healthy and staying fit. It means an increase in the quality and quantity of life to be enjoyed!
But it’s important to remember that you can have the flashiest car on the street, but if the engine under the bonnet is neglected, then you have forgotten what is most important.
You might look great on the outside, but on the inside the engine begins to leak or seize up due to either a prolonged period of neglect or misplaced priorities.
Jesus teaches us that the best ‘clean eating’ is not what goes into a person’s mouth, but what comes out of a persons heart:
“It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” – Mark 7:15
Although God has created all the food we need to stay healthy and strong, His number one priority is not the health of our body, but the health of our heart:
“Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you? Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.”
“It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” (16-18)
If you want to live a truly healthy and happy life, continue to eat ‘clean food’ without neglecting to prioritise the health of your heart.
The good news here is that we are not required to do our own ‘heart surgery’. Just as a person goes to a heart surgeon or takes their car to the mechanic to fix (or even rebuild) the engine, so too we can bring our hearts to Jesus who is the ultimate surgeon, who takes even the most broken heart to create a brand new one:
‘And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart’ – Ezekiel 11:19-20
Do whatever you can to become healthy and fit. But never forget the importance of a healthy heart!