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Are You A Spiritually Fit Billboard

It is estimated that the health and fitness industry in the United States made $27.83 billion dollars in 2017. That number is estimated to reach $30 billion by 2020.

From the traditional weight lifting routines to the latest weight-loss fad to cross fit, we want to get stronger and leaner while increasing our endurance and improving our overall quality of life. And we are spending the money to achieve these goals.

In Philippians 2, Paul challenges the Philippians to pursue a different type of exercise goal. He says work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is at work in you to both will and work for His good pleasure. (verse 12-13)

He is challenging them to follow the humble and servant minded example of Jesus and surrender their will to the Father’s will. For it is God who is working on the inside of them to cleanse them. It is God who is working on the inside of them to remove the mess that has no business being there. It is God who is working on the inside of them to remove the selfishness, pride and envy. It is God who is working on the inside of them to remove the unbridled temper, lies and lack of confidence. It is God who is working on the inside of them to remove the procrastination, inconsistent commitments and erratic behavior.

The Father wants to replace these purpose hindering leaches with the tools that will allow them to shine amid a crooked and perverse generation. He wants to provide them with the strength of an overcomer and the courage of winner. He wants to provide them with the wisdom to avoid and if necessary overcome the various landmines of life. He wants to provide them with the tact to diffuse and resolve the inevitable disagreement. He wants to provide them with the ability to have unspeakable joy and a peace that surpasses all understanding regardless of their circumstances.

Think of it like this, God is conducting a spiritual workout on the inside of us. He is doing spiritual push-ups to strengthen us. He understands that it takes spiritual strength to overcome the various trials and tribulations of life. He is conducting stretching exercises to make us more flexible to His will. He knows that we can do more than we have demonstrated. He is doing yoga exercises on the inside of us. He understands the stress that comes with managing the various demands of life. He is running long distances to increase our endurance. For He knows that life is a marathon not a sprint.

As we become spiritually fit, the Father does not want us to keep it to ourselves. He is not cleansing and strengthening us for our own selfish and vain pleasure. Instead, He wants us to become walking billboards for Him, the best Spiritual Fitness Trainer in the world. He wants us to share our spiritual fitness tips with the world. He wants us to share that which He is doing on the inside of us with those family members, friends and co-workers who are trying to get spiritually fit in all the wrong ways.

Are you doing it? Are you surrendering your will to His will and allowing Him to cleanse and strengthen you? As you become spiritually fit, are you serving as a walking billboard for the Lord?

 

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