Bodily Exercise vs. Spiritual Exercise
Why do you want to exercise?
The most common answers are:
Have more energy
Those are all good things. Let’s look at what the Bible says about exercise.
1 Timothy 4:8 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.
Is exercise bad? No. Your body is important; it is the Lord’s temple. You need to keep it healthy.
But you need to keep that in perspective.
If you commit to exercise your body two hours a week, but don’t have time to pick up your Bible once during the week, you need to adjust your priorities. If you are making a commitment to spend time improving the physical, make a commitment to improve the spiritual also.
Benefits of spiritual exercise:
Look better: When non-Christians look at your life, they will see Christ in you. You will be a godly example to your friends, family, and church members.
Feel better: The fruits of the Spirit are peace, love, joy,… (Galatians 5:22)
Have more energy: You will be stronger and more confident in your witness and in your ministries. You will have the wisdom to counsel and encourage others.
Your body must last a lifetime.
Your spirit will last an eternity.