Faith changes everything; faith is the consummate “game changer” for our lives. Faith means that we believe in who Jesus is (God in human form) and we trust what Jesus has done for us (died and resurrected). “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” (1 John 5:1). To have faith in Jesus means we trust Him with all our heart and soul. Just before Jesus was about to heal two blind men, He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They answered, “Yes, Lord,” and He healed them “according to [their] faith” (Matthew 9:28–29). The men simply trusted the power and goodness of the Lord, and they received their sight.
How does faith influence health and fitness? Do you believe faith is vital to good health and vice versa? Do you believe that Jesus can help motivate and guide our fitness and health goals and challenges? Growing in faith is a journey, a daily decision and responsibility, as are the daily choices we make regarding our health and fitness. The journey to better health and well-being is rarely easy. We know exercise is good for us, we know it is important but why is it so hard to do? There is hope, with God there is always hope. With God there is always a way.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells His followers to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.” Seeking God first, above all else, is what Jesus commanded us to do. The kingdom of God Jesus speaks about is referring to His reign in our personal lives, in the lives of spiritually born again believers. This maturity in Christ leads us to discover who we are in Him and to live by faith. The pursuit of fitness is an exercise in faith. The greater our faith, the great things God can and will do with our lives.
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right” – Max Lucado, 1999
We need to seek Jesus for all the guidance we need in life. Jesus, through His presence and power within us, transforms us in such a way that we begin to live, love and move toward being whole and holy. Jesus calls all of us to pursue a lifestyle of good health and abundance, not one filled with chronic health problems. A biblically grounded health supporting diet and lifestyle, including plenty of physical activity, fresh air and water, a balanced diet and avoidance of poor health habits is a Christ-like lifestyle. Invite Jesus into your health and fitness goals and challenges and He will begin to grow your faith in these areas and help you overcome any real or perceived barriers to change.
What you believe is what you tend to do and who you tend to become. Let faith be your guide!
By KINE Professor Scott Roberts