November 2, 2010
Guest post by Mike McGirr
This is a second and final blog post on “Why God Wants You To Exercise”.
In Case you missed it click on the link below:
“Should a Christian exercise? Is exercise something Christians should be focused on?”
Answer: As with many things in life, there are extremes in the area of exercise.
Some people focus entirely on spirituality, to the neglect of their physical bodies.
Others focus so much attention on the form and shape of their physical bodies that they neglect spiritual growth and maturity.
Neither of these indicates a biblical balance.
First Timothy 4:8 informs us, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
Notice that the verse does not negate the need for exercise.
Rather, it says that exercise is valuable, but it prioritizes exercise correctly by saying that godliness is of greater value.
He equates the Christian life to a race we run to “get the prize.”
But the prize we seek is an eternal crown that will not tarnish or fade.
In 2 Timothy 2:5, Paul says, “Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.”
Paul uses an athletic analogy again in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
While the focus of these Scriptures is not physical exercise, the fact that Paul uses athletic terminology to teach us spiritual truths indicates that Paul viewed physical exercise, and even competition, in a positive light.
We are both physical and spiritual beings.
While the spiritual aspect of our being is, biblically speaking, more important, we are to neglect neither the spiritual or physical aspects of our health.
So, clearly, there is nothing wrong with a Christian exercising.
In fact, the Bible is clear that we are to take good care of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
At the same time, the Bible warns against vanity
(1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 3:3-4).
Our goal in exercise should not be to improve the quality of our bodies so that other people will notice and admire us.
Rather, the goal of exercising should be to improve our physical health so we will possess more physical energy that we can devote to spiritual goals.
October 25, 2010
I always wondered
Would God want us to exercise and take care of our physical being just as he would like us to take care of our spirituality.
So I asked a couple of my very religious clients and here is the answer I got from them.
Here is part 1 of 2 series “Why God Wants You To Exercise”.
Guest Blog Post By Coach Stevens
Let’s start with a thesis statement that comes from the Bible:
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
This verse can also be stated this way: “Here is the story of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth.”
Holy Scripture goes on to explain the creation of the heavens and the earth, day and night, grass and trees, and all living things. He saw that it was good.
Then, He stated, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…So God created man in His own image; the image of god He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26-27)
Wow, I’m made in God’s image! I’m created to take care of the earth and have dominion over it and the animals, birds, etc..
Let me remind you that God doesn’t make junk.
Note: Some of you reading this may not believe that this is how man got to be on this earth. In that case, you can come up with your own conclusion of how man got here. But if you follow this thesis, you will see the need to keep physically fit.
In the New Testament of the same Bible, there is a verse that reads:
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods…Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”(I Cor. 6:12-19)
Here are some other verses that might be helpful:
1 – Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of god that you present your bodies in a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
We are constrained to be healthy.
2 – Mark 6:30-31 – “Then the disciples gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”
We are reminded to rest so as to be worthy the next day.
3 – Psalm 139:14 – “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works.”
God has a perfect knowledge of man.
4 – Proverbs 31:17-18 – “She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms…her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.”
This woman is wise and virtuous. She stays strong so she can fulfill all the tasks before her.
All resources that God gives us are for our use to become the people we need to be.
There are many more verses in the Bible that speak to keeping the body pure.