Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1)
The Heavenly Diet
America is a culturally obsessed nation of the glorification of the outward body. The market for dieting is a billion dollar industry ranging from programs, supplements, exercise equipment and pressure to be thin. This springs from the gluttonous habits of many citizens that endanger their health by unwise eating habits and lack of physical activity to keep the body at a proper level of health. For many it is simply a driven desire to retain youth for the glorification of pride. Dieting can serve an important part for a better life.
The stark reality is that with the benefits of dieting seeking to maintain a good sense of health the body has one end goal: death. A bumper sticker sums up the challenge of life saying, “Diet, Exercise And Die Anyway.” This attempt at humor does ring with a tone of reality. Diet and exercise are an essential part of good health but good health is temporary. The body is a perishing machine. It will be destroyed one day. Sadly if many who spent timeless energy in keeping the physical body fit would spend as much time exercising the spiritual body there would be a great change in our world.
When God created man He did not take a physical body and put eternity in it. As my good friend Danny Roberts explained we are eternal creatures inhabiting a physical body. The key to understanding who we are is to realize we are creatures that will never cease to exist. Eternal. Without end. Death will only remove the shackles of a temporary body. Our bodies are likened to a tent which is only used for a short time without permanence. We live on. Everyone lives on. Death is not the end it is the beginning.
For the child of God the knowledge of an eternal body is joy. The outward man perishes and the inward man will continue on. Children of God live to receive a body that will be raised to the glory of God. This new body is joyful and filled with pleasure. It does not need to diet or run five miles every morning. It will never gain weight nor be afflicted with disease. Pain is gone. No more aches and pains and sorrow and tears. Death is the new diet that takes all this away for the Christian. There are no mirrors in heaven to see if our hair is combed or if the clothing fits. Our new body is perfection. What a day that will be. Lord come quickly.
The body of a man is not a home but an inn – and that only briefly. (Seneca, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, c. 63. A.D.)