April 12, 2022 | By Chuck
I see a lot of physically fit people at the gym. They are clearly in better physical shape than I am. I think it’s wise to make healthy food choices (I didn’t say I do that, I said it’s wise), and I think it’s beneficial to exercise and be active. Leading a healthy physical life definitely has some benefits. For one thing, leading a healthy physical life can improve your health and lessen health risks. You may look good and feel better but being physically fit, as good as it is, only benefits us in this life. What about when you die?
The Bible teaches that we will all die someday. (Heb.9:27) At death, how physically fit one was in this life becomes totally irrelevant. After death, it won’t matter how much time I spent at the gym or how healthy my eating habits were. All that will matter after death is whether you are spiritually fit. The amazing fact about being spiritually fit is that it benefits us in this life and in the eternal life to come. Being spiritually fit is about training yourself to live a godly lifestyle. Being spiritually fit is about being spiritually healthy by doing the things that will lead to a deeper and closer relationship with Jesus.
Spending time in the gym so that you can be physically fit is great; in fact, I would even encourage it. But, being spiritually fit from spending time daily in prayer with the Father and time in His Word will be a blessing to you in this life and also the one to come. Workout and be healthy, but also train spiritually so that you can be spiritually fit as well. “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (I Tim. 4:7-8).