Together We Are Stronger

Matt Wolff

I know that I may be a little behind the eight ball, but the phrase “better late than never” comes to my mind. After discussing some personal goals with my family, we all have decided to join a gym. We have been in a bit of a rut in our personal time. Can you relate? Home life has been sitting in front of the TV or my boys playing hours of video games, with very little to show for our free time. I knew that making such a decision to join a gym had to be not just from me, but a commitment my entire family needed to make in order to have maximum impact on our lives. I’ve started these resolutions before of eating better and getting into shape. Some have lasted weeks, other times of motivation have lasted months. My heart was to see my family get healthy physically together. I really need their help and accountability.

I have found a connection between my physical discipline and spiritual discipline. And though self-discipline is not a popular topic in our culture, I believe a mark of true maturity in our lives comes when we exercise “self-discipline.”

“The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” in 1 Corinthians 6:19. Many sermons have been preached on this verse that focused on restraining the body from using alcohol or tobacco or even against sensual promiscuity. But this verse is rarely focused on our responsibility to be physically fit. When Paul writes about societies that are unraveling due to moral collapse, one of the issues he raises is that of people without self-control.

So, let this be a challenge we make together as the body of Christ. Let us serve to lift up and encourage one another to run this race together! My heart, like that for my immediate family, is that when people speak of our church family, they see evidence of individuals who are filled with God’s Spirit displaying “power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). May God bring personal transformation in each one of our lives as we run this race together!

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