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Worship and Work Outs | A Living Sacrifice

Worship – an act of offering to the Lord. In addition to my courses and work on the blog, I’m a worship leader at my local church and there are few things I enjoy more than singing and worshipping the Lord with my church family. As much as I love the traditional form of worship, I think many people make the mistake of limiting worship to singing.

Romans 12:1 says, “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship.”

 

You see, worship has as much to do about our bodies as it does our minds and hearts. Exercise and healthy eating is a form of sacrifice. We sacrifice sleeping in to go outside for a walk. We sacrifice our wants and cravings for sweets in exchange for choosing foods that will benefit our bodies instead of hurt them.

Let’s look at Romans 12:1 and break it down to see how we can worship God with our bodies:

Present your bodies as living sacrifices…

You may have heard the verse that talks about how our bodies are God’s Temple. Awhile back, I had a dream that my local church was broken into and was vandalized. Spray paint on the walls and pews, the pulpit was tipped over and broken, windows smashed, and more. I woke up from that dream feeling like something was stolen from me. Quickly, the Lord showed me that when I neglect exercise and eat junk food, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m vandalizing His Temple. I’m hurting my body in ways I may not realize or feel right away.

We are called to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. Our lives are a gift to the Lord and our bodies are they way we offer that sacrifice. That means, we give our eyes, our hands, our speech, every part of our bodies to be that sacrifice.

A Model Body

God doesn’t demand that our bodies because He wants us to look like models in a magazine. Instead He wants us to be models of His light, love and mercy.

God wants visible evidence of our worship. And yes, that is very connected to our health and wellness.

A few years back, I developed an autoimmune disease and while I usually have it somewhat under control, sometimes it unexpectedly rears it’s ugly head and I’m down for the count.

In those sick, weak, and tired days, I have to be honest and admit that I don’t feel like worshipping the Lord and I definitely don’t have the energy to serve. It’s on those days when I remind myself how crucial it is that I take care of my body.

Pleasing to God

You see, when I began my own journey to health, I told the Lord that I never wanted the state of my health to determine whether I could live out what He had called me to do. I never want my body to be the reason that I say no to something God wants me to do.

That’s what holy and pleasing to God means. It means that we are obedient to what He has called us each to do. And our physical health has A LOT to do with that.

Ways we can Worship

There are several ways we can worship God while we work our bodies. Here are a couple ideas:

  • Gardening – when I plant flowers and pull weeds, I usually listen to a Bible Study. There’s something special about using my hands and working the earth that brings out so many parallels to God’s Word.
  • Prayer Walks – I have taken on a habit of memorize and meditating on Scripture. I’ll take prayer walks in the calm of the morning and listen to the Bible on audio. I recite passages that I’ve learned and pray for the things that God brings to my mind.
  • Running – I don’t run as much as I used to, but when I do, I play upbeat Christian music that keeps my mind renewed and uplifted.
  • I enjoy working out to online workout programs. One streaming service gives the option to use the workout’s music or have no music. When I pick the option for no music, I’ll play my own and use the time to strengthen my heart as well as my body.

Any form of exercise can work this way! I know people who swim laps every morning and use that quiet time under the water to pray and turn their eyes on Jesus. A friend of mine works out with her family and uses the time to train up her children in the way they should go. There are others who bike or hike in the mountains and renew their thankfulness to God by being in His creation.

Resources for You

I wanted to give you a free resource to help you bring your workouts and your worship together! Get access to ALL my free health resources HERE and you can download my personal Christian Workout Playlist from my online library!

The goal of presenting our bodies as an act of worship is to live a life filled with worship, a life that glorifies God in every way. Spirit. Mind. Body.

Are you tired of going shopping and leaving the store feeling bad about yourself? Are you done with yo-yo dieting and want to find a better way to get to a healthy size?  If you’re ready to break free from emotional eating and really start LIVING the way God intended, then check out my free video series FINALLY FREE. Click HERE to get access!

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