So, often we focus on our physical bodies. We worry about our self-image and our weight. We think about what we need to do to be healthy and how we need to do it. We go out of our way to be physically fit. We begin to eat differently so that we can feel better. Some of us get on a track and/or treadmill to build our endurance for a race or marathon we desire to be a part of. We take time in preparation to run our race by doing the research needed and looking for exercises that will help us. We look at different eating habits, to design our bodies to fit the criteria of the type of person we want to become. There are different specialist that we talk to, helping us find the right workout program. We buy books upon books to prepare for a healthier body type. As we continue on this physical journey and lifestyle change, we are looking at our weight and measurements. We are paying attention to the body changes that is going on and as our bodies change we become encouraged to keep going. When we get the results that we desire we become so excited about those results that we begin to share what we are doing with others. Others will even approach us and ask us what we are doing differently so they can get similar results. While on our own journey we will take the time out to help others on their journey toward their own weight loss goal.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT) Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.
So, are we putting in as much time Spiritually Exercising as we should so that we can make it to the Kingdom? We are concerned about our physical body, but are we truly concerned about our spiritual body? What about our spiritual-image and how it weighs in on who we are? Are we taking in the Word, so we cannot just feel better but be better? As we talk to Christ, who is our Spiritual Specialist, we can ask Him anything because He knows what we need. He has already been here and has given us examples from His journey here. When we read our Word, Christ gives us the endurance to run our race. We are built up in Him to endure the obstacles that come our way. As we search the Scriptures and listen to the men and women of God for wisdom and guidance, we are preparing for a healthier spirit. We can begin to measure and weigh ourselves with the Word and how God leads us as we become changed.
As you begin to let God’s Word take root in you, you will begin to look different. People will see the difference and will begin to ask what you are doing. You can then begin to share God with them. They will want to know what they need to do in order to have the joy you have. You can help them in their Spiritual Exercise Program towards Heaven. By exercising LOVE, JOY, FAITHFULNESS, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, LONG-SUFFERING, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL your spirit becomes humble and you are walking in godliness, giving of yourself completely to Christ. So, do not let your spiritual body waste away and become obese in sin. Do not let the weight of your past keep you in a place of fear. God see’s the beauty in you and it is time to drop those pounds, because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matt. 11:30)
Everyday WE must exercise SPIRITUALLY.
1 Timothy 4:7 ……..exercise yourself toward godliness.
Some things to focus on as you go on your Spiritual Fitness Journey.
- What are your goals?
- What do you want to lose?
- What do you want to change?
- How would you like to see your demeanor change?
- How will your attitude change?
- What steps will you take toward your goals?
- How will you pre for the days to come?
Remember Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.