Are you taking care of yourself?
I mean, are you being careful to breathe regularly? Are you mindful to keep that heart of yours pumping—115,000 times each day? There are many arteries, veins, and capillaries through which blood must be pumped—about 50,000 miles of them. So be diligent! No slacking!
What about your immune system? Are you killing off the millions of germs that invade your body? It’s an around-the-clock responsibility, but that’s what it takes to stay alive.
What about the tens of trillions of cells in your body? Are you careful to create the 300 billion or so that need replacing daily? And what about the biggest organ of your body—your skin? You do realize that you lose almost a million skin cells every day and before a month passes you’ll need to replace your entire covering? Are you taking care of that?
You’ve got a huge task on your hands. There’s the proper function and maintenance of all your bodily systems: your respiratory, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, nervous, urinary, etc. I hope you’re running them all in a satisfactory manner and taking care of their maintenance. I’m sure you are. Your life depends on it. After all, it’s your body, so it’s your responsibility. Right?
Relax! Relax! Somebody smarter than us is taking care of all those things. It’s God. He assembled all your many parts and takes care of the innumerable tasks required to keep you alive and healthy. We call them involuntary functions. That means we’re not required to consciously do them ourselves—even though it is our body and our body is our responsibility.
The reality is that God couldn’t trust us with all that stuff. There are way too many for us to handle. So God handles 99.9999999% of them for us. All He asks is that we do our part—e.g. eat foods, drink liquids, and get rest. Doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Actually, those are pleasurable activities. Surely, what God asks of us is very little and very easy.
Thinking About It
Friend, if God does not trust us to do impossible tasks to stay alive physically, then is He likely to expect us to handle the miraculous tasks for our eternal salvation?
Can we raise ourselves from spiritual death in sin to newness of life? Paul the apostle declared, “Immense in mercy and with an incredible love, God embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah” (Eph. 2:4–6, The Message).
But does He expect us to maintain this miraculous work by ourselves? “How foolish can you be?” Paul the apostle asked in Galatians 3:3, “After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” (New Living Translation)
Nor does God expect us to consummate the miraculous work He began in us. Paul wrote, “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears” (Phil. 1:6, The Message). It’s not up to me and it’s not up to you. It’s up to God to do the impossible for us (Mark 10:26–27).
This is why the Bible says, “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7). It’s why Jesus said, “Come unto Me … and I will give you rest, … for My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28–30). It’s why the apostle John said, “God’s commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
So stop worrying yourself sick over how you’ll ever reach heaven or how you’ll ever overcome your problems. Trust in God to save you.
Sure, it’s your soul, but God loves you immeasurably and He promises to do whatever it takes to save it (Rom. 8:31–39).
Dear Father in heaven, I offer up to You the tangled mess of my life and ask You to save me, heal me, and make me into the person You created me to be. Amen.
Information from Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimiov’s Book of Facts, Wing Books, New York, 1997, pp. 320-325
J. K. Kelley, The Book of Incredible Information, Publications International, Ltd, Linclonwood, IL, 2008, p. 223
Uncle John’s Extraordinary Book of Facts, The Bathroom Reader’s Press, San Diego, 2006, p. 264.
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