This past Christmas, my father-in-law received a Peloton workout bike. I am sure many of you have heard or seen the commercials for these bikes.
They have workout programs that are way more intense then your normal workout bike. These bikes even have special shoes you have to wear while you are riding them.
So recently, I found out that my father-in-law completed his 100th workout which is a big deal in this program. The Peloton store is going to put his picture up! But more importantly, he has lost over 50lbs, and he burns around one thousand calories during every workout.
He recently made a decision to take care of his body better and get on the right track and it certainly seems like he is making progress.
The Bible speaks to the importance of taking care of our bodies, but not simply from a fitness perspective. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, it says:
“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 with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Now, this passage is written in the context of Paul’s instruction on sexual immorality in the church, but the same principle can be applied to health. We are to take care of our bodies, not abuse them and defile them.
Our earthly bodies are given to us by God, and as Christians, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us making us “temples of God”.
We should take better care of our earthly bodies because we want to honor the gift God has given us and paid for through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
This day and age we talk a lot about health and fitness. There are so many different diets, workout plans, fads, and instructors, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what work out you are doing if you don’t stick with it.
My father-in-law has stuck to it, and he is seeing results. His body is changing (for the better). I can only imagine that his behavior is bringing a smile to God’s face.
There are many different issues impacting the health of our bodies. For some of us, it is the need for better food choices. For others it might be working out and exercising more. For others it might be giving a good night’s sleep.
Regardless of what your body requires right now for better health, we should all be diligent in protecting and honoring God’s “temples”. Don’t give up when it gets tough. Stick to it and you will see results – not just physically, but spiritually as well. Anyway, I was just thinking…