1 Timothy 4:7-8 “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.”
We are bombarded these days with diet plans, exercise programs, health foods, beauty aids, etc., all aimed at improving our lives or lifestyles. I’m not knocking exercise and staying physically fit. I, myself, could use losing a pound or fifty and toning this old body up a little. These may profit a “little” and should not be ignored, but we must never allow a preoccupation with physical things to negate our true priorities. Body-building, gym rats, aerobics and even Zumba can become an obsession that distracts us from our personal relationship with our Lord. Spiritual hygiene is much more important than physical hygiene.
1 Timothy 4:6 “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.”
Exercise must not be ignored, but it should be exercise unto godliness, enabling us to discern both good and evil. It may take the form of discipline, which yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. And, of course, cleanliness is important. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” - Psalm 119:9. Christ gave Himself that he might sanctify and cleanse the church with the washing of water by the Word, “that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” – Ephesians 5:26-27.
Exercise your faith, get in shape with the Word of God and maintain you spiritual health.
In Christ, Brian