Tom Tom has started selling a fitness watch, so you can get buff and boogie at the same time. When I read the article describing this newer addition to the fitness craze, I wondered if the Apostle Paul would have worn one.
Which one of the following songs do you think Paul would have had on his playlist?
- Onward Christian Soldiers
- Victory in Jesus
- On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand
- I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Paul didn’t have all the gadgets that are available today, but he did know the importance of training and being fit:
“We all know that when there’s a race, all the runners bolt for the finish line, but only one will take the prize. When you run, run for the prize! Athletes in training are very strict with themselves, exercising self-control over desires, and for what? For a wreath that soon withers or is crushed or simply forgotten. That is not our race. We run for the crown that we will wear for eternity. So I don’t run aimlessly. I don’t let my eyes drift off the finish line.When I box, I don’t throw punches in the air. I discipline my body and make it my slave so that after all this, after I have brought the gospel to others, I will still be qualified to win the prize.” ~I Cor.9:24-27
Like Paul, we need to live a disciplined life and “strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).”