Scripture:Matthew 6:19-24, Ephesians 2:1-10
Focus passage: No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 NKJV
When I was a little girl, I loved to play outside. Sometimes I found shiny rocks that looked like gold. I also liked watching old westerns which weren't so old at the time. In the movies, prospectors panned for gold in the rivers out west. My little mind decided I had struck it rich one day! My parents looked at me with a grin, but trying to not show their amusement, told me, "Honey, this is Fool's Gold. It's not real gold." My excitement turned to disappointment. It was pretty, so I kept a couple- just in case Mom and Dad were wrong. It was a cheap imitation of something precious and valuable. Picture from Pixabay.com.
Just like Fool's Gold, false religions look great, but deliver false hopes, empty promises, and lots of lies. Quite honestly, they come part and parcel in the gym. I almost titled this post, "Idols in the Meat Market Cafe' " for a few reasons. First, the pursuit of the dream body lures a lot of people who are unhappy with themselves. Second, the lure of finding someone to "love" with the dream body. Third, the New Age religious landscape disguised as health and wellness gives people false hopes of health and wellbeing. Health and fitness is chock full of idols, much like Fool's Gold, pretending to make one a god or goddess.
The Perfect Body
In my last post, "Cheap Imitations: The Fountain of Youth" I talked about the craziness of relentlessly pursuing youth instead of God. There is just as much foolishness relentlessly pursuing the perfect body. No one is ever happy with what they have (Romans 9:20-21). Flocks of people in gyms set themselves up to be gods and goddesses, or at least god-hopefuls. When we build our lives around the gym, weight loss, and perfecting our backsides, we have set ourselves up on God's throne in our lives.
Certainly, God is not against us having personal goals or pursuits, as long as it doesn't go against His word nor His will (Proverbs 16:9). Even if you achieve "perfection", the fitness of your spiritual life is much more important (1 Timothy 4:8). What we have now will fade, age, later (Matthew 6:19-21). But all it takes is one tragic event to wipe away physical perfection is one tragic moment. Building up God's temple to serve Him and others better should be our primary pursuit.
The Mate with a Perfect Body
When we seek a mate with the perfect body or troll around drooling over what we deem as the perfect body, we neglect to ask of God His best for us. That's why the gym is referred to as a meat market! Sex becomes the god we worship when we peruse the bodies at the gym. That should never be the reason why we are there (Matthew 18:9). Instead, seek out the one God has set aside for you. We look at outward appearances, but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). It is someone with a heart for God we should be looking for.
The Religious Buffet
Most people have no clue they are being indoctrinated into Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, and New Age when they participate in yoga, relaxation classes, meditation exercises, and Reiki massage. Even if a Christian is teaching the class or doing the massage, we must use spiritual discernment and know the Scriptures well. Some of them have been deceived into thinking there is nothing harmful in what they teach. Satan is a serpent who slithers around the gym saying, "You can be like God" (Genesis 3:3). There is no one like God (1 Samuel 2:2) and we are to serve Him only (Matthew 4:10).
In Ephesians 2:1-10, we are called to walk a different path, much different than those who live in the world. We are to no longer follow Satan and his deceptive lies. Instead, we are called to something greater. " For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" Ephesians 2:10 NKJV. It is more important that we live out a life of faith in Christ than to pursue the false gods in the gym. There is no god like God (1 Samuel 2:2). What a relief to know we don't need to be like God! May
God bless you.