For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that is, and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (KJV)
What does the healthy Christians’ diet and exercise routine consist of?
Fitness and food? Godliness and character? How about all four? Exercising regularly produces energy, a healthier heart, strength and a host of other benefits. And so does eating more fruits, vegetables, and less processed foods. I truly believe that God is for our physical well-being, as the ESV translation reads, ‘of some value,’ but He also, far above, cares immensely about our godliness and our character.
Far be it from me to know what physical attributes we receive in heaven when we leave this earth. But I don’t think abs, arms, and buns of steel will be a priority. (Just sayin’.)
What profits us the most in this life and above, as Scripture tells, is godliness and character. Right now at this very moment we can exercise godliness and character. Our fitness level and our godliness are weighed on two different and eternal scales. What we can do (physically) in our teens and twenties is totally different from that which we can do in our forties and on. Gains in fitness eventually reach a plateau. But godliness never diminishes or peaks, we can and we will exercise godliness for all eternity.
Exercising godliness and having priorities has a promise for the Christian. Our character, our fitness, here on earth shines a light on things eternal.
So let’s go Christians, as 1 Timothy 6:6 reads, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”