Recently I was inspired to work out for Jesus! While I had started to do so, I received many questions asking why I was waking up at 5am every morning to work out for an hour. The only answer I could say was “I do it for Jesus”. Although if they had proceeded to want more details from me, I would be a loss for words. I knew in my heart it was what God wanted me to do and I knew it was supported in the Bible, but I could not explain it to another person and that bothered me.
I craved to know exactly how to justify my story of why I work out and how I included God in it. So I started researching; looking up articles that included how to treating myself as a holy temple, specifically my physical body. I came across an article named “If You Want to Change Your Life Start with Your Body” by Pastor Rick Warren. This article blew my mind! It explained exactly why we should treat our bodies right and how it honors God.
The writer, Rick Warren, stated three points of how and why we can take care of our minds, bodies, and souls for Jesus! The second point was named Care for Your Body and was followed by the verse Ephesians 5:29 “No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church”. Look through Jesus’ eyes to see a glimpse of way he loves us and think about the way He would want us to take care of the bodies that He died for. If what you are doing praises and brings honor to God, then it is an act of worship.
Once I read this article it was like all the puzzle pieces were coming together in my mind. Putting God into my workouts make it far more enjoyable and worth getting up at 5am. I want to praise and worship God by working out, for he is the only one who can bring me strength to keep on going.
“God created it. Jesus died for it. The spirit lives in it. I’d better take care of it.” –Pastor Rick Warren