Are you cross fit?

Hans, the one of the trainers at Have-a-Fit gym, was pressed into manning the reception desk one early January evening. A couple came in and he greeted them enthusiastically: “Hi! I don’t think we’ve met. Are you new here?”

“Oh no,” replied Biff. “We’ve been coming here for years!”

“We just LOVE the hydro-massage chairs and it’s so convenient that they’re right here by the front doors!” Buffy added.

Just Watching

What if someone joins the gym, faithfully believing this will help them become healthy, only to sit in the snack bar and drink green smoothies? Merely to soak in the whirlpool? What if they passively watch others on the treadmill? If they seldom lift any weights? Will such membership help them become healthy?

 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” James asks in chapter 2 of his letter.

What good is it to drink from the Source of living water and soak in worship music, while watching others struggle on the treadmill of life and seldom lifting a finger to help them? Can this be spiritually healthy?

Too Busy

On the other hand, what if we are so busy, even with good works, that we don’t have time to spend with the Lord? Like a “gym rat” who works out in order to stay physically fit to please their spouse – but never has time to actually spend with their beloved?

… 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. 1 Timothy 4:8

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

As we consider our goals for 2019 – physical and spiritual – let’s ask the Lord for wisdom not only how to choose those goals but for how to fulfill them in his strength. Perhaps a Godly accountability/prayer partner will help us to stay motivated and “on track.”

Lord, help us to be “Cross fit” – walking with you, our Master, bringing to others the good news of your kingdom, after spending time at your feet. May this be a year of breakthroughs in our lives. Continue, please, to show us your glory.