Fitness Is a Means of Worship
In this latest season of life God has really opened my eyes to why I have not been successful in achieving my fitness plans or just plans in general. I have been viewing working out and eating healthy through a very self-serving lens. “If I’m fit and lean clothing will look better on me”, “I’m going to do this for me” ( our world loves that one), and “in return will love my body”.
LIES!! Those are lies I tell myself and I have chosen to believe as truth!!
While being healthy and taking care of our bodies is something God wants us to do. But we do it not for ourselves but for Him! His word says, our lives ( our bodies) our not our own anymore. As alway the Bible covers this in 1 Cor. 6:19-20,
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
So when we work out who should we worship? Who are we honoring? This is why I have fallen short time and time again! I was doing it for selfish gain!
Fitness and healthy is a means of worship unto God, not to worship self. This has been a real struggle for me. The lies of fitness and diet & exercise are so deeply rooted in our hearts and in our society. We have to tread with caution as we browse through social media feeds, magazines, and fitness communities. You have to ask are those places promoting a God centered training or self-centered training??
So now, how can I make conscientious decisions to maintaining fitness as a means of worship and not self glorification?
#1 I must stay grounded in truth!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (not for self). ( Colossians 3:23)
I get to workout because God as allowed my body to do so, I can physically run, jump, lift, ride, & swim. So I will do so and worship my heavenly Father for allowing me to do so! As read earlier these bodies are a temple and we are to take care of what God has given to us.
This is a biggy for me! I always do so much better with accountability! It makes me get stuff done. Usually because I never what to tell me accountability partner I didn’t do something! Ugh!
Now listen, this is huge. As a woman of God we must be careful who we allow to enter into our fitness space for accountability. Here you want to choose an individual who does not see fitness as a way to worship herself. You do not want to choose a partners who is always talking negatively about her body, she sees fitness in the wrong light. Remember fitness is a means of worship, not a means of worshiping oneself.
We will all fall into this mind-set at times, it’s human nature. But be conscientious of this mentality and fight truth quickly to overcome fitness as a glorification of self!
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near ( Hebrews 10:25)
#3 Allow Grace
Unfortunately this view of a healthy life style as a means of worshiping God is not something we hear of daily. We are surrounded by images and feeds of other men & women who are taller, thinner, shorter & differently built than us. Why because God designed them that way, just as He designed you! It’s okay if you want to make some healthy changes in your lifestyle. Yet as in all things align your heart with the right reasons. Make sure your reasonings for all things is to being God glory, and not yourself. When we start to shift our hearts and attitudes towards honoring God with our healthy choices, than the weights of comparison and insecurity will start to drift away!
Satan has allowed the realm of fitness to have such a hold over us, and he has filled our hearts with so many lies! But ladies wake up, we have allowed him to! Here is a way to check the lies-
“Ugh why can’t I just look good in this outfit”
“if I could just lose ______ more pounds then I’ll be happy”
If I lose a little more weight, then my husband will love me”
“Ugh I’m fat!”
“I’m doing this for me”
” I hate looking at myself”
“I’m disgusting, I cannot imagine what my husband thinks”
These are just a few examples of lies Satan has placed in our minds. We as women of God have to fight them! These lies are so deeply rooted in our culture, and even worse in our churches!! I have believed and said each and every one of those lies, so much so fitness became an idol! Read my post on how it became an idol here! Yet God is faithful and God is sovereign, He wants us to know freedom from comparing ourselves and freedom from these lies! He wants us to align our hearts with him and to be grounded in truth. Then the lies will start to erode from our hearts and we can truly start to worship Him with our healthy and fitness plans!