Is Exercising a godly Practice?
I am going to do a series of blog posts on exercise and the Christian faith. We will be digging in the Bible to see if exercise is a godly practice, can exercise be a practice of worship and how can you incorporate your faith with your exercise!
I take my Christian faith very seriously. It is the center of who I am, its what I base my life on and how I live. Even my exercise is based on my Christian faith, because of this I want to share why I feel exercise is a godly practice! But, I want you to know, I sin and struggle just like everyone, but I am forgiven by Jesus’ death on the cross! This gives me a freedom and a purpose!
We are called to be good stewards of our bodies! In Genesis 1:27, “God created mankind in His own image”, that alone should encourage us to take care of our bodies. We are also called to be good stewards to all we are given and this includes the earth and our bodies. In the Bible verse 1 Timothy 6:20, we can see that we are instructed to, “guard what has been entrusted to your care”. Eating healthy, exercising and getting proper rest are just a couple of ways we can take care of our bodies in a godly way.
The Bible also says we are a Temple of God’s Spirit, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16. We also see in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that it says, ” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought with at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies,”. So, we can see we house God’s Spirit within us, when we ask Him to be the Savior of our lives! Isn’t that awesome!!?
We have a big responsibility to be a good caretaker of this, “temple” that God has given us! Especially since He dwells within us!
Hands and Feet-
God has given us this body to not only house His Spirit but also to be His hands and feet to those here on earth! In order to do that, we need to be healthy and strong to get done what needs doing! Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”. See!!! In order to do what He commanded us-go all over, near and far, to tell about Him-we need to be healthy, strong and in shape!
We can now see that exercising and eating healthy are not only to look good but to enable us to do the work we are called to do!
Get out there, exercise and make healthy food choices, be in the best shape you can be.
Then keep your eyes open for the work God has for you!
This is just my opinion!
What do you think?
Is exercise and healthy eating a biblical practice?
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!