A couple of years ago, I introduced a weekly post: FAITHful Fitness FRIDAYS. Well, in preparation for the onslaught of New Year’s resolutions involving fitness, we are going to bring back this series! In these brief weekly posts, we will explore what the BIBLE has to say about physical fitness and how we can exercise with using Christ-centered motivation to reach HIS fitness goals for us!
“do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6;19-20)
First things first, whose body is it anyway? Yours? Not according to this verse! As Christians, we are not our own. Our bodies do not belong to us. Rather, they are meant to serve God’s purpose: to glorify God. “What does this have to do with my gym time?” you might ask. Consider your current motivations for working out. If you are currently UNMOTIVATED to exercise, here is a list from funandfit.com of 7 “real” reasons people exercise:
1. To look physically attractive (“hot” is the term used on the funandfit list)
2. To meet other people
3. Flat abs (NOT the same as number 1!!)
4. To be stronger and physiologically younger
5. To be able to do stuff
6. To feel better about themselves
7. Bragging rights
Of course this list is not a scientific study, but as a fitness instructor I can attest that #1 and #3 are what people usually say when I ask them about why they have chosen my class!
Can any of you identify with one of these motivations? Some of them don’t sound too bad…meeting people, getting stronger, “doing stuff” are all things that are perfectly acceptable–but only if we are centered on Christ FIRST. What kind of people are you trying to meet? Strength is great, but for what do you need it? And what about this “stuff”…what stuff are you trying to do? If we answer these questions with a “me”-centered response, we are in danger of NOT following the mandate in 1 Corinthians to “glorify GOD” with our bodies. Furthermore, we must be careful also to not allow our fitness goals to be based on physical attractiveness, comparison or bragging, and most importantly, our bodies should NOT be where we find our self-esteem-that can only be found in Christ.
So how do we do this? How do we know how to take care of ourselves remembering that the TEMPLE of our body is NOT us but of the HOLY SPIRIT? What changes do we need to make in our thinking? In our understanding? In our physical fitness goals in order to focus on the ultimate goal…the one we were made for…Glorifying GOD always!!
Come back next week to explore more about how to have a FAITHful FITNESS FOCUS!