Joining God’s Gym

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What’s the point in a gym? It’s all sweaty exercise that benefits no one … scraaa-tch! Hold on there, lazy person.

A gym is about health, long life, and not wheezing while climbing the stairs when you’re eighty.

Of course, gyms come in all shapes and sizes. Some are filled with trees and sweeping vistas of rivers and waterfalls. Others resemble mountain trails. Central Park in the city of Azle in North Texas has outdoor workout stations along a meandering concrete running path.

You can even carry your gym in your handbag. A set of tension straps you can hook to a door handle or chair leg can do wonders to keep you in shape.

Stairs. They serve the purpose, too. Rent-a-bike kiosks. Roller skating in the park. An extra bedroom in your home repurposed for physical fitness.

Then there’s the church. Whaat!?! No one works out in a church!

Check out Proverbs 10:27:

The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.”

Then look at Psalm 38:3:

“There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.”

Finally read Ephesians 5:18:

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”

It’s time to get our gym membership out. We need to exercise our faith in Christ. We need to run the race of fellowship. We need to lift up our fellow Christians in their walk with the Lord.

Our spiritual health comes from exercising the precepts of the Word.

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