Working out with God’s fitness program

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 3, 2008

By LEE ROY DUTTON / Guest Columnist

There is so much time, energy and money spent on fitness programs for our physical bodies. So much, that it causes me to wish that we gave the same or more attention to our spiritual being.

God has a fitness program for our spiritual being that we shall reap great benefits by following. Here is something for our general health. In Proverbs 3:6-8 it reads, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Let us follow this exercise.

– “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim. 4:7-8)

– “There is a proper way to walk described in books like Corinthians and Romans.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7)

– “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Rom. 13:13-14)

– “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

(Romans 6:4)

John 8:12 also speaks to the way in which Christians should walk.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

After we have learned to walk properly, now we are ready to run.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown;

but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

(I Corinthians 9:24-27)

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily

beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrew12:1)

We find the end result of God’s fitness program in Jude24-25.

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

It can also be found in Matthew 25:21.

“His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.'”