Are You Getting Enough Exercise?

Exercise.BallAbout three weeks ago I experienced some lower back problems.  Again!  Since moving I had neglected regular visits to the Chiropractor.  Now I was paying the price.  Fortunately, through the recommendation of a friend I’ve found a good Doctor and am receiving excellent treatments.

But I learned something that surprised me.  I was asked to sit on an exercise ball.  Hold my foot off the ground for 30 seconds.  I could only do it for 5 seconds!  The Doc said the muscles that control my balance were weak.  He pointed out that often when we work-out we think of aerobic exercise or weight training, but neglect the core.  The weakness of those muscles will affect my back!  And have an impact on his adjustments holding.

Think about it.  I knew I had a problem in my lower back, but didn’t realize I had another weakness.  And that was contributing to my back problem.  So now I am doing a whole set of exercises that I’ve neglected for years!

It got me to thinking about spiritual exercise.  The Bible speaks of spiritual training.  “But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.( I Tim. 4:7-8)

Do I have a weakness?  A spiritual problem that I may not even realize?  Are my spiritual muscles soft?  Am I neglecting my spiritual training?  Are there deficiencies in my spiritual work out?

All exercise requires discipline. Self-control. Focus.  Attention to details.  This is true both physically and spiritually.  The apostle Paul used this metaphor to make this point.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Cor 9:24-27)

There are spiritual disciplines that I need to engage in on a regular basis if I am going to be spiritually fit.  Bible study.  Prayer.  Worship.  Fellowship.  These are obvious to most Christians.  Fundamental to our growth.  And necessary  for our spiritual health.  Yet, if we are not careful we can neglect them.  Cut corners.  Miss a day.  A week.  Or even a month?  The result will be the same as I am experiencing physically!  Weak muscles!  Spiritually speaking.

And then there may be disciplines we don’t think about.  What about self-denial?  It is so easy to indulge the flesh to satisfy some appetite.  When we do it physically, we suffer.  Sooner or later.  The same is true spiritually. Lust.  Greed. Anger. Envy.  Jealousy.  These attitudes demonstrate a spiritual weakness.  And the need for some rigorous exercise!

What about the spiritual disciplines of ministry?  Meditation? Stewardship? Outreach? Solitude?

The author of Hebrews chides these Christians for a failure to grow.  For neglecting their spiritual training.  For ignoring their spiritual exercise.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:12-14)

Do you have a regular spiritual exercise program?  If not, let recommend the best training manual I’ve ever found–The Bible.  Here’s its guarantee:  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Discipleship, Discipline

4 responses to “Are You Getting Enough Exercise?

  1. Pamela Riddick, Lilac Rd. Church of Christ, Leitchfield, KY

    Amen brother Ken, such good advice. Thank you, please don’t stop, I read every one of your blogs. I share alot of them on facebook.


  2. Shirley Akin

    Good one and what a good comparison! Having some “back” problems at the present also!


  3. Carolyn Hays

    KEN, I appreciate that article very much. We all need more spiritual exercise.


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