Does God Want Me to Work Out?

{By Rebecca Florio}

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Ever wonder what a Christian’s approach to exercise should be?

While bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

~ 1 Timothy 4:8

Take care of your body. It has value because it is the temple of God. So push your physical limits and work hard to be strong.

But remember – your body is not all there is. You were created to be much, much more.

Our greatest potential is not in achieving physical perfection. Our greatest potential, the greatest good we can give this world, the highest purpose we can attain is the result of headlong, persistent pursuit of God.

Be diligent in reading the Word. Stretch the limits of your love. Train yourself in disciplines of prayer and Scripture meditation. Increase your lung capacity by singing the praises of God.

A life given completely to knowing Jesus and laying up heavenly treasure is a life of real value.

It won’t decay with time and gradually weaken and fall apart. It won’t be lost in death and be buried in an earthly grave. Instead, our beauty and influence will only increase as we continue moving closer to heaven. Pursuing Jesus’ likeness to be formed in me makes not only this life meaningful and full of promise, but continues in the life to come.

And when you exercise your body, do it for the glory of God – not to increase your vanity or gain approval from others. The kingdom of God needs healthy people to do its soul-winning, church-building work. Exercising can also teach us godly character qualities like self-control, diligence, and the value of “pressing on” through difficulties to gain the prize at the end.

We are given energy and the capacity to be strong.

What are we going to do about that?