What I am about to blog was inspired by a friend of mine and also during one of my quiet times. A couple of days ago my friend sent me an awesome encouraging message about how to really treat my fitness life by glorifying God at the same time. The passage that was used came from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27-“Striving for a Crown.” Awesome passage that has been encouraging me so much lately and also I have been meditating on a lot.
If you know me then you know that I am a competitive guy and Crossfit is a competitive sport. Whenever I go into the box I want to give it my all. I want to go all out and know that by the end of the workout I have nothing left in the tank. That is the ultimate idea of Crossfit- go till exhaustion. Leave nothing in the tank. Crush yourself!! Well, if I am not careful I can take that too far. I can begin to become engulfed in that whole mindset. I can begin to forget about other things that exist in my life, and just go after that prize that Crossfit offers at the end of the day. Being the fittest man in the world is something extraordinary, but is it my all in all, is it my breath of life, does being the fittest man in the world give me food that will not perish? Does it mean that streams of living water will be flowing from within me?
I was reading in the gospel of John chapter 8:1-11 and God really brought some things to my eyes and I would love to share them with you all. In this passage we see some Pharisees and teachers of the law coming to Jesus with a woman who has committed adultery. They are trying to trick Jesus into saying the wrong thing and asked him “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” Now the Romans did not allow the Jews to carry out death sentences and if Jesus said to not stone her then they would of accused him of going against the law. They thought they had him. However, Jesus’ response is beautiful and so convicting. “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Well obviously we know that everyone there was sinful and so are we. Well I continued to meditate on this, and I found myself in Romans 2:22 which says “You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?” Well at the end of my meditation I noticed that I commit adultery every day. When we become born again Christian aren’t we married to Jesus? Well every day that I allow Crossfit or whatever it may be take the spot of Jesus in my life, I commit adultery.
Going back to 1 Corinthians 9:24-27-“Striving for the Crown.” We see Paul talking about running is such a way to get the prize. “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” Well every day I am in strict training to compete in Crossfit. I go into the box and destroy my body, sometimes 2 times a day. I am always trying to improve my level of fitness any way I can. The thing I sometimes forget about is when I do this in the box, am I doing this in my spiritual life? Am I pushing hard through times of prayer? Am I having exhausting times of meditation in the Word? Am I bearing with my brothers every day? Do I love others in such a way that mimics Christ? Am I in strict training to compete and run the race that counts, and trying to kill the sin in my life every single day so that I will ‘not be disqualified for the prize.’ So instead of just coasting in my spiritual walk I need to run, sprint, go as hard as I can to serve the Lord and ‘love the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength’. By doing this I can use the gifts He has given to glorify Him in the box while not allowing Crossfit to have a chance of becoming an idol in my life.