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Wednesday, February 7th, '18

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GOD'S GYM

"For bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable for all things..." (1 Timothy 4:8)

 

Wow! What a crowd! I pulled into the church last week where I was scheduled in Amarillo, parking lot adjoining Gold's Gym, cars everywhere. "This going to be good", I thought to myself. Wrong. Nearly all the parked cars belonged to the people working out next door. A whopping business at Gold's Gym. God's Gym on the other hand, not doing so well. We go through our phases, don't we? Stair-Masters and Ab-Blasters for Slim-Fasters. Bo-Flex for the arms, Botox for the cheeks and Bo Derek for the goal. Wouldn't it be nice to be a perfect "Ten"? But the goal is fleeting and the results are usually less than we desire. The sit-ups are making the love handles more firm but I honestly can't see any measurable shrinkage. Maybe I should try TaiBo kicking and punching next. The ad says, "Energizing, uplifting and explosive". Yea, that's what I want. The problem is, when I drive by the yard sales these people's Stair-Masters and Ab-Blasters are always up for sale. Guess we should join a club then, but with exercise clubs, golf clubs, night clubs and ball clubs Americans are being clubbed to death!

 

Paul didn't demean bodily exercise. He just put it in its right place. It "profits little", but little is better than none. A nightly walk or trip to the Jazzercise center makes a notable difference in vascular health and attitude. So hup one, hup two. If you feel better about yourself it's worth it. "But", Paul inserts the conjunction, "godliness is profitable for all things". There are other parts that need the gym too. Bench-press a Wall Street Journal if you think you're so strong. That will twist some muscles that don't get used much. The business world pays more for brain than brawn. And don't forget spiritual discipline in that aggressive program of getting in shape. Men and women are composites of spirit, soul and body, so these other parts need maintenance as well. (How about bench-pressing that big family Bible there on the coffee table?)

 

The Greek word for "exercise" is...check this out...gumnasia (gymnastics). Ah, the whole muscle industry got its start in Paul's day. The Greeks with their Olympic games were in to gumna. They worked up a sweat. They cared about looks and likes. Paul wasn't a prude. He didn't preach against firming up what sags. Personally, I believe fitness is vital to our witness. God is not glorified by an unhealthy body. But the inner gymnasium is where the real stretching, jogging and mental marathons take place. "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life..." (Proverbs 4:23) Try the deep-knee bends of prayer. David urged, "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance" (Psalm 150:4). Church can be great place for callisthenic workouts. I mean the praising kind of church, not the one where parishioners take naps. Membership fees at God's Gym are quite accommodating and you can come as you are. Faith muscles will begin to bulge. Eyes will brighten, the weight of worry will lighten and dreams will heighten. Paul said to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). You can get a good "work out" at God's Gym, and with His workout everything will work out. So get up and get dressed, we're headed for the gumnasia. And P.S. not everyone can tell, but you're looking fantastic!


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