Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sunday, 3 MAR

8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1Timothy 4, NIV)

Obviously we at Phalanx CrossFit believe that the physical training of the body is important.  We wouldn't be in this business if we didn't! Our bodies are amazing vessels - we possess strength that far surpasses our expectations, and we believe that if we do not exercise these bodies, then we fail to do honor to God who gave them to us.  Even as we strive for physical fitness, though, most of us never reach our true physical potential, which is one of the reasons that CrossFit is so fun!  The diverse nature of what we do here keeps us continuously making and meeting new goals.  

That being said, the importance of spiritual training far outweighs that of the physical.

Here's another version of the same verses from 1 Timothy, from The Message: "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."

Pastor Steve Davis of Spout Springs Church spoke about this verse in his sermon on Sunday. His challenge to those of us in the congregation who spend time "working out" our bodies was to try and spend at least an equal amount of time "working out" our spiritual selves.  If spiritual training is more important than physical training, why don't we allot an adequate amount of time for it? How can we make time for both kinds of training in our lives?

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