Something inside me resists when I hear a musician on stage on Sunday morning say, “Let’s do our worship time now.” As much as I love corporate praise through music, I feel that worship isn’t something we compartmentalize for 20 minutes on Sunday morning. Rather, it’s a lifestyle and it influences everything we do. Everything. Even exercise.
The importance of caring for my physical well-being has assumed new meaning for me in the past couple of years, especially after losing my mobility for several months in 2013. Romans 12:1 further strengthens my resolve—“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?”
It’s easy to make excuses for not exercising. Believe me, I know this is true. How often have I looked at my day’s schedule and said, “I’m too busy for a walk. I’ll do it tomorrow instead”? It’s also easy to make excuses for eating foods that taste good even though they don’t properly nourish my body. But the fact that Christ has purchased me with His blood and I belong to Him changes everything.
My body belongs to God. It’s the temple in which His Holy Spirit dwells, and I’m a steward assigned to care for it. Exercising it and feeding it properly, then, becomes an act of worship. That mentality makes going to the gym a pleasure (seriously!). It makes saying no to sugary desserts much easier than in the past. Worship as a lifestyle is changing my life, and I’m lovin’ it!
How about you? How does worship as a lifestyle impact you today?