Is your perception of exercise keeping you from making it a priority?I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
Two words to concentrate on: body and mind. In this passage we see that physical submission to God is as important as the heart, mind, and soul. Paul exhorts us to view our bodies like we view our entire lives; they are not our own. They are to be presented to God as a living sacrifice. They have been bought at a price.
I love where it says that we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Let's just say that God has transformed my mind regarding exercise to the point where I have stepped away from my previous exercise routine. After listening to a teaching by Levi Lusko called Winter of Discontent: Fitness, where he points out what exercise is and isn't, I reevaluated my perception of exercise. I learned that exercise is not a means to:
- Gain my identity
- Measure up to the world's image
- Gain value
- Feel accepted
Exercise is a means to enjoy God's abundant life by being physically fit. It's been said that all tangible things and activities are either a tool or an idol...exercise is a tool to be used for His glory, making our bodies a living sacrifice.
So, I ask you: what is your perception of exercise? Is it one of the four above? If it is, pray that God would renew your mind regarding your body and the importance of exercise in your life. Pray for a promise and set a goal. Then, just get moving!
(To hear the teaching, go to http://freshlifechurch.blogspot.com)
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