Fitness Focus: Hydration
The body is roughly 60 % water. Without proper hydration, our body systems cannot function adequately. Water aids in digestion, circulation, muscle development, temperature regulation, the list goes on and on. Although we know these things, we sometimes fail to appreciate water as a vital nutrient for the body. Mayoclinic.com discusses the importance of hydrating the body properly with water. According to the article, here are the main reasons we need to drink plenty of water daily.
- Water Brings nutrients to body
- All body functions depend on water
- Water increases energy
- Toxins are removed from the body by water
For more benefits of drinking water as well as tips on how to keep the body hydrated, see the Mayoclinic.com article on health benefits of water by clicking the link below:
<a href=”http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283″>Water: How much should you drink every day?</a>
Just like water is necessary to keep our physical bodies running properly, our spiritual bodies need water too…living water, the Holy Spirit. Clarks Bible Commentary speaks to the benefits of this living water- “As water quenches the thirst, refreshes and invigorates the body, purifies things defiled, and renders the earth fruitful, so it is an apt emblem of the gift of the Holy Ghost, which so satisfies the souls that receive it that they thirst no more for earthly good: it purifies also from all spiritual defilement, on which account it is emphatically styled the Holy Spirit; and it makes those who receive it fruitful in every good word and work.”
So, in other words, the Living Water of the Holy Spirit also has benefits for our bodies.
- Water brings nutrients for our spiritual growth. “Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God” (Hebrews 6:7) We must drink in the Living Water, which God constantly pours down on us, in order to produce a “good crop” in our lives. This is the most essential nutrient!
- Our spiritual lives/bodies, cannot function without Water. It is necessary for our very survival! Our bodies thirst for water, our souls long to be filled. We search our lives for “wells”, places that can fill us. Where is your well? Where do you go to be quenched? Is it work? Your family? Your friends? Do you thirst for attention, recognition, or even love from others? The world gives us many “wells” that claim to be able to quench our thirst, but often only whet our appetites for more…we always thirst, we never are satisfied. In John 4, we read about a woman at a well who had a constant thirst, who longed to be quenched:
Jesus [said], “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”(john 4)
You see, the woman is always thirsty, her spiritual body is crying out for Water in order to function properly. She must come to the “well” where Jesus waits in order to be quenched.
- Water increases energy. In this same passage from John, we see that Living Water can produce energy in our spiritual lives. “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.” This woman’s “hydration” through Jesus Christ results in a flow of spiritual energy as she rushes to give her testimony to others!
- Water removes “toxins”- Whether we want to admit it our not, our spiritual lives often pick up toxins from the world around us. Whether it is due to us dipping into “contaminated wells” of our own sin or the negativity that rains down self-doubt and discontent, we often find ourselves in need of cleansing. Hebrews 10:22 reminds us of the purifying nature of God’s Living Water: “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Will you allow your thirst to be quenched today? Will you go to the Well of Christ Jesus for this Living Water that sustains, cleanses, energizes, and fills us fully?…
He is calling you: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (from Isaiah 55:1)