Why Should Christians be Fit?
What really is the Point?
What is the point of working out? Being Buff? Being Fit, lean, flexible, etc?
Well I think everyone wishes they were a little bit stronger, a little bit leaner, and could be proud of their bodies. Some could say that “Working Out” is idolatry of self (We’ll touch on that in a bit). But is it a bad thing to be a little bit stronger? To run a little bit faster? To be healthy?
Our heart is to provide Christians the resources they need to lead healthy lifestyles.
Should Christians Work Out?
Let me tell you a story:
There once were two Christians. Both dedicated their lives to God and submitted to a Lordship mentality. They sought God in everything they did. Their families knew it, their co-workers knew it, and they both left legacys. The only difference between the two, is that one died at 83 and the other died early of a heart attack at age 50…
You might say that isn’t fair, But let me ask you:
What kind of legacy do you want?
So Then What Does The Bible Say?
- Question: If that isn’t fair, then what does the Bible say?
First off, The Bible is very clear that “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9. Which is AWESOME! We serve a wonderful God.
The other side of the coin is that God does expect us to do something with our lives. Matthew 25:14-30 is pretty clear on that:
“Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
Now this is a money example, but this goes to all of our belongings. This goes to everything we have, including our health and body.
Is it Wrong?
I would say not.
IF anything, self-discipline, good health, humility with perseverance, denial of self, etc. should be encouraged. Activities that fight against our nature of laziness/slothfulness, gluttony, and general carnal nature, should be encouraged.
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[a] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” -1 Corinthians 9:24-27
If you really want to get past:
- Gluttony – (lack of self-discipline)
- Greed – (lack of self-discipline)
- Laziness – (lack of self-discipline)
- Envy – (Of other fit people)
- Pride – (learning humility)
If you want to Grow in:
- Practicing the Presence of God
- How to Be Healthy for Your Family
- How God Made You
- Maintaining The Temple
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
-1 Corinthians 3:16-17
So What’s Next?
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