Resistance or body weight training? I wanted the quickest way to get the biggest biceps and chest. Or in muscle speak, getting ‘shredded’. It became my obsession to impress others with bloated muscles. Thankfully, I woke up to the truth: Training of my spiritual muscles is much more important.
I don’t want to be an Arnold Schwarzenegger on the outside but a spiritual wimp on the inside. Paul said:
1 Timothy 4:7-8
Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Paul is not saying that exercise is bad but that spiritual training is much more beneficial for this life and life after death. This physical body is given by God to be taken care of but not to be obsessed over. We can’t keep our looks forever. Once we die, we will have new bodies that will never grow old or weak. For now, let’s invest in the things that will last through eternity.
Why train our spiritual muscles? To withstand the sin and temptations that barrage us daily. Being barraged by temptations isn’t the problem. Giving in to them is. Maybe you used to be able to resist getting angry or telling a lie. But now you just give in because you haven’t been working those “resistance” muscles!
Just like real muscles that shrink over time when not used, our spiritual muscles will shrink also when not trained. This makes us weaker and resisting temptations becomes harder. The next time you go for a jog or carry a dumb bell, remember to do the same for your spiritual muscles.