Monday, May 11, 2009

Fitness For Service

I love running around our lawn. I know it is good for the heart, but aside from that, I love to sweat out. I need that a lot. I also do hula-hoop 10 minutes every before breakfast and sometimes, before dinner, too. Those are my forms of physical fitness. They define the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypo kinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.
Spiritual fitness also takes much more than a relaxed approach to live a God-honoring life. In a culture marked by false teachings, along with extreme forms of self-indulgence and self-denial, Apostle Paul wrote: "Exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
Our bodies and our minds are to be dedicated to God and prepared for His service. The goal is not to make us spiritual muscle-flexing but godliness- a life that is pleasing to God. Diligent study of the Bible, regular prayer, and physical discipline are all part of the fitness. How well we train our life greatly affects how well we run our race of life.

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