Important of Health (and Jesus) Versus Money
What is wrong with the people of this world? When they are sick, they go to work sick and either spread germs, are unable to do their job properly, or both. If they suffer an injury, or just got out of surgery (or both, if injury led to surgery), they still show up to work the same day, or the next day!!!!! That is not what people should be doing to their bodies, or to others if spreading germs is a risk. The Apostle Paul tells us that we (who have been made right with God) in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Don’t you realize that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
Even for people of this world, God sent Jesus to die for them, for He died for everyone. That high price mentioned in verse 20 above, was Christ’s blood, on the cross. Jesus willingly died on that cross to save everybody, not just select people. Rather, it is select people who will accept this truth and answer God’s calling for them. But even for people who do not believe in God or Jesus, why do they worship money so deeply that they fail to take care of their bodies properly, and then expect everyone else to do the same, and get angry when someone actually takes care of themselves with rest and whatever else is called for in sickness or injury recuperation, and when confronted about it, they say “That is how the world operates.” And they are correct! That is how the world operates. But that is not how God designed us. God designed us to rest regularly to stay healthy, and to rest and take other recovery steps when sick, injured, or after surgery.
Worshipping money and making it your number 1 priority could end up putting you in an early grave, and any money you manage to make and hold on to (that does not go to bills, groceries, other necessities, or material things) will go to someone else, for you cannot take anything with you when you die! 1 Timothy 6:6-10 says, “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” Money itself isn’t evil, but worshipping it or placing security in it both lead to great sin. The true treasures of life are love, peace, joy, and other things that come from Heaven, from God Our Father. And when you come across someone who wisely knows to take care of their bodies when they are sick, injured, or both, then don’t yell at them or call them lazy or irresponsible, naïve, or anything else along those lines because what they are is wise and understanding of the importance of their bodies, either because they are children of God and realize their bodies are a temple for the Holy Spirit, or they understand that they can function a lot better instead of slowing people down or doing a sloppy job (and possibly spreading germs, or further injuring themselves) when they take time to rest until they are feeling better, or are healed. Instead of yelling at them and looking down on them, learn from them. Learn to honor the Lord above all else, and to honor your body before work, or money that you earn from showing up to work. Don’t make God step in by having you so ill that you are hospitalized, before you slow down, or get the rest you need to get well or recover from your illness, injury, or surgery. This is a message for everyone regardless if you walk with the Lord or are of the world and follow the world’s standards.
If you are a person of the world, go hear God’s word, accept and believe it as truth, repent of your sins, confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and be baptized in the name of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit by being fully submerged under water to die to your old self, come into contact with the blood of Jesus spiritually to be cleansed, and emerge with Christ in you and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Hear God’s word is quoted from Romans 10:17, Believe (step 2) from Hebrews 11:6, Repent from Acts 2:38, Confess from Romans 10:9-10, and be baptized is also from Acts 2:38, or Matthew 28:20. These are the 5 steps to entering a right relationship with the Lord, and tomorrow is never promised (James 4:13), so make today the day you get made right with God so you do not have to suffer the alternative when Jesus comes back to claim those who are His, given to Him by God when they believed and acted upon their belief. If you want to read about the alternative, look at Luke 16:19-31 titled “Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus,” and Revelations 20:10-15 and 21:8. In the parable in Luke, a description of what the lake of fire (where all unbelievers will go) is given, and the rich man speaks of a very real torment that people will live with for eternity if they do not turn from their sins to the Lord and be saved while they still have breath left in them. This is not me saying this, but the Holy Bible, so I am passing along the information for those who do not know the truth so they may verify it in the Holy Bible and then learn about this truth. 1 Peter 3:9 says that God wants us all to be saved. I do too. We (God and I) both know that not everyone will be saved, but for anyone still alive now, it is not too late! The Lord loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him and Jesus in Heaven, and also with your departed loved ones who were followers of our Lord and Savior. Put Jesus and love for and time with Jesus and your loved ones above money. God promises to supply all of your needs for all who are His faithful children, in Philippians 4:19. Also read Matthew 6:19-34 about not serving God and money, or letting worries or cares prevent you from putting the Lord first. He offers a great promise in Matthew 6:33 if you put Him first.