And believe you me, as the upcoming holiday festivities threaten to commence, that thing is waiting on me and I’m sure will be intent on drawing me in to the heat of battle.
The good news is… I have two weapons at my disposal to use in the struggle.
1) Eat Less.
2) Move More.
If you are like me, you’d rather move than take a smaller plate or eat less of the foods that make your toes curl. Doing something seems so much easier than exercising self-control. And don’t get me wrong. Exercise does matter. But it’s really hard to out-exercise what you put in your mouth.
Any fitness person anywhere that’s worth their salt will deliver the same message. No matter how many hours you log at the gym. Food matters. You are what you eat.
Bottom line: Results on the outside are an overflow of work on the inside.
Does that mean that my works for Christ don’t matter? No! We are urged in scripture to put our bodies to work!
Romans 12:1 clearly says… “Therefore I urge you, brethern, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
The problem is when we think all of our works can replace our worship. BAM!
It takes getting rid of 3500 calories to burn one pound of fat. So I have a choice. I can go to Chick Fil A and have that wonderful sweet tea and crack addictive waffle fries or I can swap the tea for water (saving 130 calories) and grab some fruit instead of fries (saving 340 calories) and be 50 pounds lighter in a year.
500 calories a day. That’s what it takes to burn off a pound a week.
Now granted, I could run for an hour or so every single stinkin’ day. But somehow, I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
Small changes everyday is all it takes to make major changes over time.
When I abide in the Word, spend time in His presence, and take in all that “Jesus goodness”, I will have something to show for it – some kind of reflection in my physical life of the impact God is having in my spirit.
Simply put…abiding results in overflow.
Then, when I do things for God – serve, witness, praying, teaching, etc… I’m exercising, growing, and getting stronger. As I do what Jesus did, I learn to take on His yoke or His responsibilities (Matthew 11:28). I learn to carry more weight.
1 Peter 2:21 says, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps…”
So yes! We are supposed to exercise the faith, suffer, or whatever you want to call it!
But it all starts with WHO I AM.
Doing things for God is good. But ONLY doing things for God is not enough to achieve the desired result of spiritual fitness.
The doing is not the most important thing. The being is. The abiding is.
So let me encourage you as we go into the holiday to not be so busy doing that you don’t have enough time to abide. Be sure and make time to BE in God’s presence so that you are continually changed from the inside out. You will have more victory in your spiritual life starting that way.
And while you are at it, realize that the season where the #fatdemon runs rampant is upon us. Be conscious of the food you take in and try to stay active..