by Randy Chambers, 2012-12-19
Romans 12:1 NIV: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's
mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your
spiritual act of worship.
I have the best of intentions to stay physically fit. I sometimes set up schedules with
real and reachable goals. I have a weight bench, a treadmill, and a membership to a
fitness club. But for some reason, that by itself isnt enough. I actually have to
follow through with my plans and use the resources I have available. And if I dont,
its easy to see the results each time I step on the scale or look in the mirror.
There may be a lot of drawbacks from not being physically fit, but I can think of nothing
as bad as the difficulties I face when I am not spiritually fit. Just like with my body,
when I dont do what is needed for my spiritit showsand sometimes
its not pretty. I cannot overemphasize our need to stay spiritually fit. We must
maintain good spiritual condition for the sake of our relationships, our personal walk
with God, and our effectiveness as ministers and witnesses.