We must take care of our bodies if we are going to use them for His glory. When we are constantly bombarded with activities, rest and nutrition may not be at the forefront of our minds. Even if we do not perform regular care and maintenance for a machine, it will break down. Maintaining our temples should be a daily priority. We should take extra precautions when we are under intense pressure or experience busy seasons.
In the hoopla of exciting conferences and events, we may not give the body the attention it needs to function properly. Lack of sufficient sleep may result in fatigue, puffy eyes, short attention spans, and bad attitudes. Skipping meals may result in fainting, weakened immune systems, and general weariness. Rest and food are important elements for the movement minister. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks help to keep our energy levels where they need to be.
We should not fast for the purpose of losing weight to look good. Vanity in the movement ministry is not diffucult to succumb to. We must serve in the ministry with the right heart. When our bodies are crying out for rest, we must exercise good judgment. We place the lives of ourselves and others in danger if we have to drive after a ministry event and are sleepy. The Lord endorses both rest and eating and promises to provide them for us Himself.
Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Proverbs 3:24 (NKJV)
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (NKJV)
I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
Isaiah 55:2 (NKJV)
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Ezekiel 34:14-15 (NKJV)
I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD.
Matthew 15:32 (NKJV)
Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”