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Day 21 of Lent: Fitness

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

If you bring up the subject of fitness you will likely start a lively discussion, especially depending on whose company you are in.  For some people fitness is all the rage, almost to the point of obsession.  people-2592247_1920But fitness is certainly a topic which the Bible speaks about – stewardship of your body – physically and spiritually.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."

So do you think of your body as God’s temple?  Do you treat your body as God’s temple?  Those are sometimes difficult questions to hear and ponder.  Perhaps it is a sobering reminder that you have not taken the best care of your body temple from the perspective of diet or physical fitness.  Maybe it is a gentle reminder that there is an opportunity to improve in those areas.

But Paul is not just reminding us to take good care of our body temple from a physical perspective.  Spiritual fitness is just as important for the Christian as physical fitness, if not even more.  Paul reminds us “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” When we realize and remember that Jesus paid the price of his life to save this body which God created from the fires of hell, it is also a reminder that our spiritual fitness is vitally important.  That begins with using our body in a way which gives thanks and praise to the one who created us.  It is also means making sure that our spiritual diet is good.   That means feeding our souls with the food of the Word and the Sacraments.  It means taking time not only for physical exercise, but also spiritual rejuvenation.

Don’t give up on fitness – yes, physical, but even more importantly spiritual.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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