The gym is a lot like the church

I went to the gym today and while I didn’t see this guy….

I did see plenty of people with almost equally terrible form. People who were just checking the box of going to the gym.

Or, maybe people who have never been taught how to properly perform certain exercises.

I saw the girl on the stair stepper lifting virtually all of her weight off the steps by fully extending her arms and supporting her own weight, making the exercise infinitely easier.

I saw the guy who loaded up the squat machine like he was an NFL fullback, only to bend his knees about 10º rather than 90º.

Free weights

Free weights (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And then it hit me.

The gym is a lot like the church.

We’d be better off if we concentrated more on how we did things rather than how much we did things.

We can have 1001 standards and biblical convictions, but if they produce nothing more than a judgmental spirit towards others, are we really showing ourselves to be true disciples of the Lord Jesus?

If, out of a sense of obligation, I read 20 chapters of the Bible each day so that I can read through the Bible 5 times a year, but I’m not letting the water of the Word of Life, cleanse my wicked heart, I’d be much better off reading 1 chapter a day and drawing nearer to the Lord Jesus.

We can have a church full of people with programs for every age group and special meeting every night of the week, but if we’re not making disciples, we’re not really getting anything done.

Be it power lifting or prayer meetings, form is important.

It doesn’t matter if it is a Spin Bike class or a Sunday School class, we need to pay more attention to doing it the right way, than patting ourselves on the back for simply doing it.

And, here’s why – poor form is not only unproductive in that it doesn’t produce the results that we desire, but with poor form, we also greatly increase our risk of injury.

If the church only concerns itself with numbers and results and will do almost anything to arrive at those numbers and results, sinners remain unregenerate, new believers remain babes in Christ and mature believers become frustrated with gimmicks and publicity stunts.

So, use the proper form in the gym and in the church. Don’t get wrapped about the axle about how much you are doing. Instead, do what you are doing the right way and for the right reason.

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  • http://Cbcpm.net Nina

    I crack up every time I see that video!

    Next time you tell me to put on more weight, I’m gonna remind you it’s ‘how’ I do it, not ‘how much’ I do.

    Cause I’m all about style and form.
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  • http://www.gospel2gijon.blogspot.com Dani Joy

    “We can have 1001 standards and biblical convictions, but if they produce nothing more than a judgmental spirit towards others, are we really showing ourselves to be true disciples of the Lord Jesus?”

    I have lived this and pray that I never go back to it! Gotta believe it, and do it with our whole hearts.

    May they see Jesus in us.

    Great post!

    Dani
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