I strongly believe we are in an era where being fit is becoming increasingly vital. When I refer to being fit, I am mainly referring to being spiritually fit. Listen to this beautiful verse of scripture, “Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.” Read 1 Timothy 4:8 (MSG). “Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually.” Read 1 Timothy 4:8 (TLB).
“Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from the spiritual is body without soul.” Mahatma Gandhi. Whilst it is important as we try to keep physically fit, it is equally critical that we be even more spiritually fit. Your spiritual fitness and health are what will ultimately shape your physical. And by the way, you and I are spiritual beings created in the image and after the likeness of God.
Here is an interesting statistics about the state of the United Kingdom fitness industry report which reveals the “UK health and fitness industry is continuing to grow.” The report highlights that the number of gyms is expected to expand to as much as 7,000, with total membership to exceed 10 million, with a market value of £5 billion and the penetration rate should surpass 15%. The Leisure Database Company Ltd. This goes to show where the interest of the people is concentrated. The report clearly indicates people are paying a lot of attention on the outward aspect of their bodies; which in itself is not a bad thing, however, emphasis should be placed even more on the spiritual because that is where life starts from.
This is only a prelude to this rich discussion into the state of one’s spiritual health. There is more to discuss, and I am looking forward to subsequent posts to enlighten us on how to stay spiritually healthy.
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