Sweatin' for Jesus

Sweatin' for Jesus

Last year, I purchased an exercise video by a company called “Prayfit.”  It brings a Christian perspective to physical fitness.  I enjoy the workout; and have been surprised by how much the concept behind it has resonated in my mind. 

The founder Jimmy Pena believes that our health is a means of giving praise to God.  He also believes that this praise requires a sacrifice.  To better see what he means, think on the following section of 1 Chronicles.  This passage describes King David purchasing the land that would become the Temple Mount.

But Ornan said to David, "Take it to yourself, and let my lord the king do what is good in his eyes. Look, I also give you the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering; I give it all."

Then King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing." – 1 Chron 21:23-24

Exercise can be seen as an expression of gratitude.  It is a way to show the Lord that we are grateful for the blessing of health.  If you have been struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I pray that this perspective would be that encouragement you need to stay with it.  Each drop of sweat that rolls off your brow is a fragrant offering to the Lord – very fragrant!