Do you try to exercise every day? Perhaps you walk or ride a bike to keep your heart and body in good health. I go to the local gym in the morning and walk for half an hour on the treadmill while I watch the news on large TV screens and listen on my portable earphones that plug right into the treadmill machine. I also workout on a variety of machines that keep my other muscles fit. One of these machines is called “The Reformer.” It’s an exercise machine that has a seat that slides sideways. As you grab the handle and twist your sides, it helps keep your belly fat to a minimum.
However, before I go to the gym, I make sure that I spend quality time with God each morning in Bible study and prayer. This is the most important type of fitness I need – exercises to keep me “spiritually fit.”
This exercise machine called “The Reformer” reminded me that spiritually speaking, the Bible is a “reforming” machine. But just like the machine in the gym, it’s not much good if all you do is stare at it. The Spiritual Reformer, Scripture, is effective only when used. In fact that’s the only way it’s effective. According to the instructions for the exercise equipment, “The Reformer” is designed to:
STRENGTHEN … STRETCH … ARTICULATE … REDUCE
Scripture has these same goals. Scripture will strengthen us in every aspect of our lives. Scripture will also stretch our understanding of God and our faith. Scripture will also articulate the core truths of God’s will for our lives. Scripture also reduces so many unnecessary and harmful things in our lives, such as fear, anxiety, bitterness. Used properly, this equipment can keep us from doing what is wrong, and help us to do what is right.
The Bible is a reforming machine!
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. “ -2 Timothy 2:15
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
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Comment from Cygnet: “You’re right. We need to keep physical and spiritual exercise in the right perspective. Although physical exercise has been known for centuries to create strong healthy bodies, it cannot compare to spiritual exercise. As it says in I Timothy 4:8: Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of life that now is, and of that which is yet to come.”