How Do You Stay in Such Great Shape?
How many times a day do you see somewhere a fitness plan, diet plan, or weight loss plan? The ads and testimonies are ubiquitous. Each declares to be easy and highly effective. The results shown of satisfied customers that were once “well rounded” and are now brave enough to be photo’d in a bikini if the person is female or shorts if the subject is male. Those “before and after shots” are presented as numerous exhibits hopefully to motivate the chubby viewer to aspire to be. All one needs to do is to send a check for the product that will miraculously melt fat away.
I’m quite sure I won’t make any money nor get notoriety from the following advertisement for the universal track to successful weight loss. But, if you are interested in knowing the secret, read very carefully these next statements. Eat like you were a rabbit. Drink water like you were dying of thirst every ten minutes. And run daily as if you were being chased by a pack of rabid wolves. There it is. No cost to you. And, “you’re welcome”.
It is no secret that there is a much greater desire to look fit physically than to be fit spiritually. After all, one’s physical appearance is readily visible to all. Although some would disagree, the truth is our spiritual appearance (or lack thereof) is also readily apparent. In our speech, attitudes, actions, aspirations, and relationships, a person will most often quickly reveal their walk with God or rejection of any submission to Him. In most cases, visiting with a person for only a few moments of conversation will reveal to the listener the truth of a “spiritual MRI”.
Language that is laced with profanity, blasphemy, and crass vulgarity is a quick indication of what is present in one’s heart. Jesus stated, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. (Matt.12:34). James 3:8 declares that “no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
When one sees how a man treats his wife or a mother treats her children, it indicates the level and maturity of her faith. Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Eph. 5:25-28). Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Col. 3:23).
If you were asked to teach a new Christ follower what you did daily to grow in your faith, to remain close to Christ, and to boost your spiritual strength, what tips would you give to that inquisitive young Christian? Stating in a few words, could you tell what is effective in your life to enable you to grow in Christ Jesus?
When Billy Sunday (a great preacher in the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century) was converted and joined the church, a Christian man put his arm on the young man’s shoulder and said, “William, there are three simple rules I can give to you, and if you will hold to them you will never write “backslider” after your name.
“Take 15 minutes each day to listen to God talking to you; take 15 minutes each day to talk to God; take 15 minutes each day to talk to others about God.”
Billy Sunday was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day on throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and His Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible so that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God. (Copied).