If you want to know the truth, I am not much of a house keeper. I want to be… sort of. And I try to be… kind of. Let’s just say I have my own style of keeping up with chores.
As young mom I was doing a lousy job keeping up with the laundry. The laundry baskets were over flowing with dirty clothes so there were filthy shirts and stinky socks all over the floor of the kids rooms. Something had to be done. Solution? I went out and bought bigger laundry hampers. Not just large, but king size! These hampers were big enough to put multiple loads of laundry in especially if you crammed the clothes way down inside. I was so pleased that there was no longer dirty clothes all over the floor but guess what? This dodging tactic did not make my chore go away. I still needed to do the laundry.
Unfortunately, I have also used this dodging tactic to avoid exercising. If I’m winded going up the stairs then I’ll take the elevator. If I have problems keeping up with my grown kids, I’ll make them slow down and walk with me. If I’m invited to join a friend to work out, I’ll complain I don’t have the right shoes. The problem with these dodging tactics is that they work. I easily can get through my days pretending that my lack of exercise is not a big deal.
But you know what? Not exercising like we should is a big deal. Romans 12:1 says “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.” Now when I read that it sounds like taking care of my body is extremely important to God and it might require me sweating. (yuck, sweat). But continuing with my extraordinary ability to dodge exercise, I looked up the word for “bodies” in the Greek hoping that it really referred to our praying a lot or being thankful a lot or something less strenuous than exercising. But no such luck. It means our physical body. God wants us to give our physical bodies as a living sacrifice in worship.
Picture standing before God saying “Here ya go God. Here’s my body that you gave me to take care of while I was on earth.” Do you feel good that you have done a wonderful job or have you been like me dodging the responsibility of caring for your own body? Did you see the word sacrifice in the verse above? Let’s face it, caring for our bodies requires sacrifice. To begin exercising probably means putting up with the heavy breathing, the sore muscles and dare I say – the SWEAT! You have to sacrifice time, comfort, pride, and good hair days. But the reward? Each time you exercise, you are working on your body- the exact living sacrifice the Lord is asking for from you. Be humble and give the Lord what He’s asking for- a more fit YOU!