God Causes the Growth

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” — 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NIV)

The risk in discussing fitness — in discussing fitness in a Christian context — is the implication that I am adopting the world’s standards of health & beauty as mine for fitness. May it never be! Anoerxia, bulimia, plastic surgery, enhancements and the like are all symptoms of a culture that is striving after an unrealistic ideal the world has set up.

Instead, I believe that each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made by God (see Psalm 139:14).  I believe God created each of us as unique individuals, and the bodies He gave to each of us are as unique as our individual thumbprints. God has an ideal “you” in mind — the one He created since the beginning of time. Yes, that includes your talents, abilities & contributions to His kingdom … but I believe it also includes the body He gave you. It includes the temple He entrusted to you. (See March 27, 2014 post).  He wants to see all aspects of you renewed and redeemed.

So the point is not to strive after (or settle for) thinness or beauty as the world defines it.  The objective is to care for this temple He has given us and, in the process, perhaps discover more of its true, inherent, God-given beauty.  Our job is to care for the temple — to nourish it, strengthen it, stretch it, cultivate it, care for it, replenish it. The results are up to God.

So forget the ideals and goals the world lays upon you.  You care for the temple. Leave the results to God.

Author: AHRoberts

My calling is to integrate the body back into how we worship and devote ourselves to God. God asks us to love Him with all that we are. And as integrated beings made in His likeness, that must include our bodies. Unfortunately, however, much of Christianity does not include the body in faith practices. I believe God cares about all of who we are, including how we care for and interact with these amazing bodies He gave us. A group-fitness instructor for over 27 years and a personal trainer, I also have a Masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school. My love for fitness and for Jesus have always been intertwined. My desire is to fuel a movement that brings the body back into loving God with ALL of who we are.

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