The term Temple Fit could carry a wide array of meanings to you that are completely different from my own. I heard the term from a recent Clayton Jennings Facebook video. Clayton Jennings is a young ambitious preacher who I admire for his complete honesty with the world around him. He struggles with sin, like we all do, and highlights his own failures to magnify the magnitude of God’s grace. His recent video was about being physically fit, that gluttony is a link in the chain of deadly sins that Christians are falling prey to with out realizing its ramifications to our Christian walk.
He’s right. As Christians our bodies became temples to the Holy Spirit when we were reborn in the blood of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is a gift more precious than gold yet we house it in sickly, hurting, weak bodies that we disrespect through the poison we eat and our own lack of activity. If you were given a priceless gift, or heirloom, how would you care for it? Would you protect it, safe guard it from the things that could break it or take it away from you? A safe, perhaps, would be the means in which you saw it secured. But doesn’t a safe have a job; does it not have to be sturdy and strong? Can’t the same be said of our bodies as we house the most priceless gift of all: God.
Its not just about physical fitness either. To be truly Temple Fit we must have a healthy relationship with God both mentally and spiritually as well. In giving God domain over all aspects of our lives (physical, mental, and spiritual) to God we then can trust in His word and purpose in every situation we come across.
This is far easier said than done but it is possible! It’s realy all about discipline and perserveriance in our walk with Christ. Two things that I have struggled with in my own life. First I must be honest with you, my dear reader and friend, I am a former bulimic who failed at even that. I would binge and then fast, sometimes purging, but my addiction to food, and the emotional comfort it gave, would alwayss win. So instead of losing weight I ended up gaining it. It got to a point where now I no longer even have a working fuel gage for my body, nothing gives me that full feeling and if I am not mindful I can easily go down that dark tunnel of The Binge.
I used my past as an excuse to hold on to my relationship with food. I was bullied through middle school, high school, and even college. I survived an abusive relationship, entered into other unhealthy relationships, and allowed the world to define who I was, all to fill what was lacking within myself. After some tough experiences I found Christ. In the six years since accepting my savior I have come to terms with many of the worldly things I once sought solace in…. like dirt bags for boyfriends. Trusting God isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to a discplined life style. My failings in both these areas show up in my 5’4 frame and its 195 pound physical presence.
Now I have decided to challenge myself to becoming Temple Fit. Although it has much to do with physical health, it is also about my own maturity and discipline of faith. All of which comes from God, not me. I see myself more as the immature Christian holding on with one had to the world and the other to God. But in truth as a Christian I should be seeking to fully let go of the so-called comforts of this world, and fully seek the presence of Jesus Christ in every aspect of my daily life. He isn’t a card I can pull out in dire times the hoping to “get well soon,” nor is He a bright flower in spring to be awed over in my joy. He is there in every moment and situation in my life. He feels my pain and my joy, and everything in between.
I think the author Aimee Byrd has it right in her book Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith. Everyday living doesn’t sound like a challenge to our Christian faith, but it is a far larger obstacle than we may perceive, when we by nature of sin lean on our own understanding rather than trusting the Lord. He is not too big or too far away to be right there with you as you struggle about what to eat for lunch or whether or not to do your workout. It sounds silly and insignificant but each and every minute that we are blessed to be on this earth is an opportunity to have a relationship with our amazing and loving Father, who wants nothing but His best for us all.
For the next 90 days I am challenging myself to a work out and health program, as well as a daily study of the bible to see just how much they intertwine with the fabric of my day. I want to be able to get up and go when God calls, I want the energy to keep up with His steps, and the feeling of his presence beside me through out the day… But most importantly I want to be able to recognize His voice in my life with no second guessing. Temple Fit means to me that we must become healthy through Christ in every aspect of our lives so that we can truly be physical, mental, and spiritual lights illuminating the grace of the Spirit that lives within us to the world.
Will you join me in doing the best you are capable of, through the help of Christ, and begin the journey of becoming Temple Fit?