“…Exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe.” I Timothy 4:7b-10.
In the winter, it is easier to train indoors. The local gym is a great place to go and run around the indoor track or get on the treadmill. Our local gym has a swipe card for each member. Each time you visit, you swipe the card at the door and then the staff knows who is present at the gym. The gym also sends you an email with a list of all your activity dates and the more you visit, the more chances you have to earn points, win fitness prizes, or cash in on discounts for various programs. Their emails encourage you to continue with your program and they remind you of the benefits of a lifestyle of fitness.
What if God had a Gym pass? What if every time you came into His presence, you had to swipe your card and record your faithfulness? What if every time you visited His house, you were given the opportunity to win prizes, earn discounts or get fit?
The reality is, we don’t have to swipe a card, but faithfulness in God’s presence is vital to our spiritual fitness. The more opportunities we take to pray, read His Word and be in His house to be fed, the more fit we will be in the spiritual realm. The more often we run on the treadmill of adversity, the more often we fight for spiritual endurance, the more ready we will be for the activities of life and the less we will be run-down by our spiritual enemy. Every time we take on a spiritual fitness challenge, we swipe our card in the Heavenly realms. Living a life in God’s presence makes us strong, capable and durable in spiritual workouts. There are also benefits—prizes and discounts, if you will—from our faithfulness in the spiritual gym. Our testimonies become stronger, it becomes easier to detect the enemy’s infiltration into our lives, and we develop spiritual muscles to be able to say, “No,” to the world and the flesh. We are wise to spend much time in the spiritual gym. After all, our spiritual workouts have eternal influences in our own lives, and the lives of those around us.
Thought provoker: If God did have a Gym pass, would your card be full of activity or would you be a nominal visitor? Spend some time today thinking of ways to become more active in your spiritual walk and then put a plan in place to make those things happen in your life.
Lord, thank You that the spiritual gym is always open, day or night, for me to come into Your presence and be able to grow stronger in my walk with You. Please, don’t let me take that for granted and help me to be grateful for the exercises of faith that You put in my life today. Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!