Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fitness Plan

One of the hottest crazes over the last decade has been related to fitness; gym memberships, fitness clubs, weight loss books, low calorie menus, diet drinks, and yoga pants have never been more popular. Ask the average person on New Year’s Eve what their resolution is, and you will likely get an answer related to fitness.

“I want to lose more weight.”
“I want to eat healthier.”
“I want to get in shape.”

And there is nothing wrong with these goals. People continue to come up with the next big thing: The Atkins Diet; The South Beach Diet; gluten free; vegan; artificial sweeteners. But the Bible also provides a great fitness tip. It isn’t new, but it certainly works.

Proverbs 3:8 says, “It shall be health to thy naval and marrow to thy bones.”

The ESV translates the verse this way: “It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” What must we do to receive this healing, this refreshment?

The preceding verses tell us that the key to unlocking this fitness is godliness. Verse 3 says not to forsake mercy and truth; verse 5 says to trust in God, not yourself, with all your heart; verse 6 says to let God direct your steps; and verse 7 says to fear God and depart from evil.

An eager person asks, “What must I do to have that body? How can I get in shape fast?” They are willing to do whatever it takes. We know that to have spiritual health we must seek God and live for Him. Are we willing to do it?

The results are worth it.  

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