Are You Fit for the Master’s use? TEST your fitness and find out
What Tribulation of your own can you use to help someone else get healthy fit?_________________________
What Experience did you gain from the tribulation? _________________________
What Sacrifice was made during this time? _________________________
What Testimony came as a result, that can help others make fitness a way of life?_______________________
If you’ve gone through any type of -
Tribulation that provided priceless Experience where Sacrifices were made and you came out with a Testimony that made you wise? Congratulations, you are a candidate to be “FIT” for the master’s use! But wait … II Timothy 2:21 says, “If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart and fit for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” Now that’s what being fit is all about! Fit for the Master’s use. II Timothy 3:17 says, “So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Now that you’ve qualified in the spiritual portion of the TEST, let’s see how you do physically.
Time Luke 6:38 says give and it will be given unto you, a good measure pressed down shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure you meet, it shall be measured to you again. Measure in this text means quality TIME. If you spend 10 minutes once a month and eat healthy once a month, you probably won’t accomplish your health and fitness goal of being fit for the Master’s use. However, if the time you invest prospering in your health and fitness is walking 20-30 minutes a day at least 3 times a week, strength training, eating healthy and getting adequate rest on a continuous basis is a part of your regular exercise regimen, you are equipped to be used by God. To help establish the TIME you will invest, follow this simple guide:
How many days a week will I train?____________________
What days will I train? ______________________________
Will I train in the morning, afternoon or evening? _______________________________
How long and what time will I train? ________________________________
Congratulations!!! You have now established a quality measure of TIME!
Endurance Once you get started, you can’t give up! You must have staying power to be fit for God’s use. The bible says in II Timothy 2:3 to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Your body may want to give up and quit after the first set of squats, lunges or even crunches, but keep going! Remember Ecclesiastes 9:11 says “The race is not given to the swift nor the strong…” Matthew 24:13 “But he who endures until the end will be saved.” Make it through your work-outs and complete the full 30 minutes of cardio, don’t stop at 25 minutes; go the extra 5! Don’t stop at the second set if you’ve got 3!!! ENDURE and be fit for God’s use!!!
Strength Proverbs 31:17 says, “The virtuous woman girds her loins with strength and strengthens her arms.” Her arms are strong for her tasks! You will definitely need strength to be fit for the Master’s use. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” So no matter what the exercise or how much weight is required, remember you will gain strength in God’s word. When David encouraged himself in the Lord in I Samuel 30:6, I visualize him doing pull-ups on a tree branch saying my favorite verse, “Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!” He strengthened himself in the Lord and so can you!
T raining levels vary depending on individual ability. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced, all training will require discipline. Just like Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it.” You are going to have to train and encourage yourself in the Lord and in the work-out. If you have a trainer, use that as an opportunity to train yourself to follow instruction. Whatever instruction is being provided, follow it with gladness and train to be fit for the Master’s use!