Subtle Hint: There is STILL time to enter that cereal giveaway I’ve been talking about…
Can you believe that this is the third one in the ‘Take Care of Your Temple’ series? Today I’m speaking and sharing on a topic that is very heavy on my heart because it’s something that I’ve struggled with a great deal in recovery. Make sure to go over and check out what Lyss is talking about today.
The posts in this series from Lyss and I so far have been:
Remember: Though my desire is to be an encouragement and a blessing in sharing lessons and struggles with you I am not:
or Fitness Professional
Please consult with your trainers or care doctors before making any changes to your workouts, eating, exercise, _____(fill in the blank.)
Today, I’m talking about why it’s okay if you don’t make every workout ‘tough.’ Learning to enjoy those workouts that don’t make your muscles scream is a joy too and a whole part of learning the balance in the world of exercise.
The verse that inspires me for this post every Tuesday is taken from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ‘What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you and which ye have from God, and that ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.’
It’s a privilege to take care of my body, not just as a body, but as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
I can’t really describe it, but when Jesus Christ changes you, He changes every part of your life including the way you look at your body. You don’t just want to take care of your body for ‘you’, but you begin to realize that you have a special privilege of using your body for the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His body, who gave His life for you.
Why do I feel pressured to make every workout tough?
You see. I have this conception in my head that I have to be ‘tough on my body,’ because I have to ‘make it behave’ or look the right way.
It’s almost as if I don’t remember that Jesus Christ took the burden that I’m putting on myself on Himself. I’m harsh on my body, because I want to somehow ‘atone’ and be ‘good enough’ for God.
God knew that mankind couldn’t be good enough for His perfect, holy requirements. He made a way to take the burden that burdens the souls of man and woman.
Hebrews 9 so beautifully and succinctly describes the finished, atoning work of Christ on the cross.
‘For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands,which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.’
Those sacrifices that are spoken of throughout the Old Testament were a shadow of the very final sacrifice for sin. That was Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ not only died to atone FINALLY (once and for all) for sins, but He rose again.
He declared victory.
He took the burden of sin and condemnation from the shoulders of the broken sinner and put it on Himself. And He ROSE victorious o’er the grave. Jesus Christ took the TOUGH, the brutal condemnation of God’s wrath on sin, so that sinners didn’t have to.
John 1:1-5, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’
Jesus won over the reality of the condemnation that I deserved. He has wiped away the condemnation of the ordinances that rightfully declared me guilty. He made it so I could LOVE the law of God and to find His commands to not be grievous but wonderful.
This shouldn’t be a life of misery and spiritual depression.
This should be a life of courage to meet the foe, of a desire to workout because He gave me life, and a passion to see others absorb and learn of the lightness of His burden. His burden is light when exchanged for the heavy burden of sin.
Romans 6:5-7 is a cry of victory not despair or guilt. ‘For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, so we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this: that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.’
How will that reality change the way I work out? Will I do that tough workout just to ‘punish myself’ or will I look at it differently? Will I be filled with guilt if I didn’t do it or will I be filled with the joy of freedom in Christ instead?
I really loved Lyss’s video last week that she shared, and I thought I would share the thoughts that I had in a video here. 🙂
Thank you for enduring the awkwardness on camera. To God be the glory for using a weak person like me!
Every workout does not have to be tough. Sometimes you can stop and eat a rice cake or a bowl of ice cream instead and thank the Lord for these gifts. It’s not a bad thing if you don’t finish a workout.
The times that I don’t finish a workout or do a shorter one or don’t do one at all, it’s so good for me to just remember that the workouts I do don’t define me.
Every moment doesn’t have to be consumed with counting calories. Instead, it’s okay to not be ‘tough.’ It’s a gift to lay all your burdens down at the foot of the cross, to rise, and go forth and just live.
I’m learning that it’s wonderful and beautiful to learn of Jesus. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. For so long I placed a heavy burden on myself.
Day by day I’m learning this grace of God that is so mighty. I can’t continue in sin, because grace is abounding. Grace overwhelms the anxiety and the pressure and the condemnation that the devil tries to fill my mind with everyday. My mind might be attacked with condemnation and guilt, but the truth is that there is no more condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.
Treat your body gently. Take care of it like a gift, because it is a gift. And remember that you will never have to endure anything as tough as Jesus Christ bore on the cross.
Do you struggle to take care of your body or feel pressured to make every workout ‘tough?’
Has the way you’ve worked out changed over the years?
Why do you work out? Do you ever work out because you feel guilty about not doing it? Or do you do them because you love them?
(Or are you like me and you kind of vacillate between the two?)