Exercise – Don’t Be a Pew Potato

“22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”  (James 1:22-25, New International Version)

As I wrap up the Biggest Loser series, I can’t think of a more vital topic than exercise.  Spiritually, exercise is the process of taking our Christian nutrients and put them into action.  It is service and obedience; it is being doers of God’s word.  We know God’s Word has the power to transform our minds, but it can’t transform our lives without action.  Evidence of this was seen at our youth camp as two kids were saved.  Because many of the youth took the time to care, stepped out of their comfort zone, and witnessed to these individuals, they have been eternally transformed. 

Still a pew potato?  Here are some exercise facts that might change your mind:

Exercise Facts (Physical) Exercise Facts (Spiritual)
Gives us energy Gives us spiritual energy (how great do you feel after you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone and helped someone)
Revs up the metabolism Revs up our spiritual metabolism.  Exercise takes our Christian nutrients and processes them into action.  It helps us sustain our spiritual life
Converts fat to muscle, The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn When we exercise our faith, it takes our Christian nutrients and converts them to spiritual muscle.
Muscle holds its shape, while fat hangs – it goes with gravity It makes us strong.  Our spiritual muscle holds its shape when the gravity of life tries to pull us down. 
Keeps your heart healthy, reduces BP, helps process excess glucose, reduces stress and depression When we get the Word of God in our heart, we need to get it pumping out to the rest of our body.  Spiritual exercise does this.  Pressures of life, stress, depression can fade away when we take our eyes off ourselves, and get out and serve others.
Boosts your immune system Boosts our spiritual immune system.  We are stronger when we don’t just know God’s word, but we do God’s word.
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