I really enjoy exercising. Riding my bicycle, running stairs, walking, jogging, lifting weights. It’s a healthy habit IF it’s put into perspective and given its proper priority.
I have a question for my Christian friend who love working out too. Or, even if you don’t love working out you still do it regularly.
What’s more important to you?
Being fit or Being ‘fine’..
Being Healthy or being sexy…
So you can feel good about yourself, or so others can be attracted to you…
So your spouse can find you more attractive or so others can…
For your own self-esteem, or so others can lust after you?
There’s nothing wrong with exercising, wanting to look healthy or even wanting to look nice. The bible even tells us this…
1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)
8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Did you know that was in the bible? It’s good to exercise and it does profit our natural body, but we must always prioritize godliness first.
You see, there’s a thin line between wanting to look nice and vanity – between being consistent and obsessed, between healthy self-esteem and narcissism.
Seeing ‘positive’ changes in our bodies can be addictive. Getting compliments and seeing heads turn can quickly become our motivation for why we ‘work out’.
It’s easy to become obsessed with working out to be point of obsession…
You gotta get to the gym first thing in the morning!
You gotta count every calorie to the point you can’t enjoy any of your meals!
You gotta make sure your clothes accentuate your body so people will notice how good your look. You’ve got to flaunt it!
That’s why marketers appeal to your sense of vanity when selling gym memberships and diet products. Think about it…
How many commercials or ads have you heard or read encouraging you to ‘Get Healthy!’. No, they encourage you to ‘Get Sexy!’ ‘Get You Beach Body!’ ‘Get Sexy Abs!’ Get Sexy Buns!’…Sound familiar?
I remember years ago, I would always fold up the sleeves on my short sleeve shirts just a little. Now, when I’m honest with myself, that didn’t make me one degree cooler…but it did show off my triceps a little better.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice, but we must be careful that our goal isn’t to be a stumbling block to others by provoking them to lust…especially in church.
Luke 17:1-3 (NKJV)
Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
Be healthy. Take care of your temple of God. You can’t be effective in the Kingdom if you aren’t healthy, but please don’t let the devil manipulate your motives.