“For physical training is of some
value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the
present life and the life to come.” (1 Tim. 4:8)
show host invited a body builder to be his guest. During the interview, the host asked:
“What do you do to develop those particular muscles?” The body builder took
off his shirt and stepped forward and flexed a series of well-defined muscles
from his chest to calf. His body
looked like a standing strong fortress.
The audiences applauded with great amusement. The host asked again: “What do you use
all those muscles for?” Again, the muscular specimen stepped
forward and flexed, his biceps and triceps, which sprouted to impressive
proportions. The audience again applauded and was amused. “But what do you
use those muscles for?” The host persisted. The body builder turned around and
looked at the host in bewilderment.
He didn’t have an answer, other than to display his well-developed
frame, because his muscles were not developed for any particular
usage, but only to show off.
To discipline oneself is a good
thing. But what purpose a person
works so hard for to discipline oneself is far more important that the
discipline itself. Do we spend a
lot of time to exercise and keep in good shape just to let others admire
us? Or do we exercise for a
healthier body and to avoid diseases?
Do we work hard and live frugally in order to save a lot of money to
satisfy our pride? Or do we try to have money in order to
put it to good usage in order to help others have a better life? As Christians we do things that are
not only for good intentions, but also with Biblical intention to glorify God
and benefit others.
Physical training is good,
but we cannot overlook the need for our spiritual training. Everyday we spend a lot of time
exercising to keep the body in shape, but how about our spiritual health? Our spiritual exercises:
Bible study, prayer, reading Christian books, listening to Christian radio
and CDs- are all for that purpose.
It will not only help us to be spirituality healthy, but also help
with the service to the church and to the advancement of God’s Kingdom. We discipline ourselves and train
hard, not to showoff or receive admiration from others, but to equip
ourselves to be enabled in participating in God’s desire for evangelization
of the world to fulfill His great work of salvation.