4. You Can Exercise for the Glory of God
Exercise is not vanity if we approach it with a heart of surrendering our bodies as worship to the Lord. There is definitely a risk that we get too caught up in meeting our own goals and get obsessed with creating a body that is really just an exhibit to impress those around us.
In the fitness world, there is a real phenomenon for those overly invested in fitness. For these people no matter how strong or small they get, they never feel like they have made enough progress.
1 Corinthians 10:31 instructs us to do everything for the glory of God. Exercise is about stewardship of the vessel God has given you so you can best serve Him. It’s not about rock hard abs and bikini ready thighs.
Evaluate your motives when it comes to your goals, time, and inner monologue when it comes to health and fitness.
Romans 12:1 tells us that our bodies are to be a living sacrifice to the Lord. Everything we do is about service to him. We care for ourselves because He tells us that we are valuable.
So, set an intention for your time spent at the gym. Let it be a time you can honor God with your body by taking the best possible care for it.
If you are able to multitask, maybe listen to motivating worship music while you move or read from the Bible while you use that elliptical. Maybe just honor the fact that what you are about to do is going to leave you better equipped in both mind and body to serve God and to serve others.
I have young kids, so most of my gym time is early in the morning before anyone gets up. At first, I dreaded waking up before the sun--but soon I realized that this discipline was a great space for me to start my day feeling better and more energetic.
More than how I feel, I soon realized that this new routine gave me time to meet with God at the start of the day. When I warm up, I am praying. And when I stretch at the end I’m thanking and inviting God into my upcoming day.
This routine is a great way to start the day with something that honors my value as a person, and it helps me have the extra time to meet with God before this whole train gets rolling.
Now is a great time to decide to prioritize health and let go of fear, guilt, or the many distractions that stop us from taking care of our bodies. You can absolutely honor God through exercise!
It can be an integral part in having a joyful life and can spur growth in other areas of your spiritual life as well!
Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for the Daily Bible Devotions App, she has work published with Her View from Home, also for the MOPS Blog, she is contributing to a couples devotional for Crosswalk, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda at rvahouseofjoy.com or follow her on Instagram at rvahouseofjoy.
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