Earlier I had mentioned that I am currently doing a Bible study at home called The Lord’s Table sponsored by Setting Captives Free. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 60 day study and look forward to continuing on in the mentorship program. I hope to spend sometime in the near future sharing what I have learned with you and introducing you to that wonderful ministry. Today I wanted to share a little from one of our lessons pertaining to exercise.
“….for 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.” I Timothy 4:8 (ESV)
Training our body is of some value! No, it’s not the most important, “for godliness is of value in every way”, but it is of some value and therefore worth attention. I share this with you because I have a biblical conviction that it is important to care for our health. It is of some value. Where we get in trouble is when we place to much importance on our outer appearance. The Girl talkers in their book Shopping for Time elaborate, “…If exercise is crowding out our time with the Lord, or if we are more passionate about health food than the gospel or more concerned with staying think than serving others, then our physical body should cease to be our primary focus,” (Shopping for Time, p. 60). With all things, there is a temptation to make exercise or our outward appearance an idol (an object of our worship). We want to fight this temptation.
In contrast we may struggle with laziness.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. Proverbs. 13-16 (ESV)
Here is commentary about this verse from The Lord’s Table lesson 33:
“We notice from verse 13 above that a lazy person often makes up a reason to stay in his laziness (a lion in the road). This supposed “lion” is an invention of his own imagination (during the daytime when men should be at work, lions are in their dens–Psalm 104:22-23), and only an excuse for failing to do what he needs to do.”
It’s so easy to make excuses not to exercise. My favorite that I like to say when I just don’t feel like exercising is, “It’s too cold outside.” What? It’s too cold outside. Then don’t exercise outside. What I am really saying is, “I’d rather stay snuggled up to this couch and lay here.” Rest is needed so I am not saying we should not rest. Often I know when I need to rest and when I’m just being lazy.
But thanks be to God that He died for the lazy and the idolater! Jesus Christ died on the Cross bearing all sins and all the wrath of God. If you are a Christian ask God for help, repent of your sin, and receive His amazing grace. If you are not a Christian I would encourage you to review this presentation of the gospel by clicking here. Then find a friend or pastor and share with them!