Should Christians Workout?

Let’s be clear, I’m not talking about this:

I think there’s good reason for Christians to be physically healthy.

1. It makes you feel better

2. It helps you focus better

3. It helps you live longer

But, sometimes we get so obsessed with our physical workouts that we forget something.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (MSG) says this:

“Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.”

Running today is great. For today.  But if you eat a piece of cake a week from now… that run is not helping.  Physical health can only do a small bit to help your life.

Being physically strong can’t help you pray for a friend.  Having a six-pack is completely useless when you feel broken.  Having no tan lines means nothing when you want to encourage someone.

But training in godliness lasts forever.  If you stay spiritually fit, you’ll be better at everything!  Don’t get spiritually lazy! Take care of yourself! And hey, maybe do something physical too.