FIT OR ‘FINE’? QUESTION FOR CHRISTIAN’S WHO ‘WORK OUT’…

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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.

WHY?

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)

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! 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.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHURCH IS ONLY A SELF-SERVING MINISTRY (ALL LEAVES & NO FRUIT)…

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This post is not meant to be negatively critical of the church, so I ask that all ‘church haters’ don’t use it as fuel for their “I told you so’s!”. God’s church is comprised of imperfect people, so just like anything else on this earth, it’s a work in progress. That’s what this article is about…progress.

This is for people in the Body of Christ who want to make the church what God would have it to be.

Now…

Do you have great worship? Great praise? Great Fellowship? If so, that’s great because you should. But, we all know that’s not the ONLY reason God has His church on the earth. It is an extension of His love reaching out not only to SAVE, but to SERVE.

Unfortunately, many churches, big and small,  have become social organizations that only serve the members or the other churches within their circle. Yes, God told us to do good, especially to the household of faith….

Galatians 6:10  (NKJV)

 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

But, it doesn’t and shouldn’t stop there.

Look at these often overlooked and rarely preached verses of scripture in Luke…

Luke 14:12-14 (NKJV)

 12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

How many churches have fellowship dinners and special days for themselves and invite the churches in their circles, and are subsequently invited back by those ‘sister’ churches, while totally ignoring the homeless, hungry and destitute in their communities? Does yours?

Now look at Luke (parable of unfruitful fig tree)…

A tree planted to bear fruit but only has leaves is using up the ground. Using all of its resources to sustain itself, but not reproduce…

Luke 13:6-9  (NKJV)

 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a] you can cut it down.’”

Most of us learned at least by middle school that leaves use sunlight (SONlight) to photosynthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. Their purpose in a sense is to ‘feed’ the tree. We also learned that the function of fruit is reproduction. So, we can conclude that a fruit tree with all leaves and no fruit is only serving itself, because its not reproducing. Just as Jesus’ parable that tree is ‘using up the ground’.

That’s true for any church that uses its resources  and light from the SON only for and on itself. If it has no programs to aggressively pursue converting sinners, make disciples, reach out to those in need, and share God’s love, it’s just like that tree in Luke Chapter 13…using up the ground…self-serving…ALL LEAVES AND NO FRUIT.

Is this your church? I hope not. Here’s a quick assessment, self-check that you can do yourself to see if this is your church.


ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, HOW DO YOU HONESTLY RANK YOUR CHURCH’S…


Worship 1-10?

Praise 1-10?

Fellowship 1-10?

Teaching 1-10?

Serving Members 1-10?

Serving Community 1-10?

Outreach to Community 1-10?

Outreach beyond Community 1-10?

Evangelism 1-10?

Missions or Supporting Missions?

If you scored high for worship, praise, fellowship, teaching and serving members, but low for what goes on outside the four walls, then there’s work to be done. Or, if you just don’t know whether or not your church goes beyond the four walls…that’s not good either because you should know.

Quite frankly, it’s inexcusable for some of our churches to be decades and over a hundred years old and have NO outreach, NO evangelism efforts or support, NO concern for the community.

We do what’s important to us, and don’t do what’s not.

How does your church rank?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

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