May 12, 2016

When Worship Includes Burpees and Kettle Bells


What do you think of when you read the word "worship"?

Do you think of modesty clothes and Jesus freaks? Do you think of tambourines and flags? Or maybe you think of cool music and awesome lights or a feeling you get inside when they play "that song". 

I think it is funny how many of us have allowed the world to define this word for us within our own worlds. "Worship" is what we do on a Sunday morning before the pastor gets up to deliver a message. And, worship is what we do when we sit down in the morning with our cup of joe in our favorite mug as we read through our devotions...while thinking about what is for diner tonight or what we need to get done once we get to work. 
Since when is worship an event that we tick off on our calendar? 
May I pose that worship is a posture, a way of life, if you will?
I realize that if I am body, mind, and spirit that everything I do to develop myself in any of these three areas can be done as worship.
My burpees and kettle bell swings are just as much of an act of worship as my prayer and Bible reading in the morning. 
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. - Romans 12:1 {:MSG:}
When God awoke my spirit to this revelation, it changed my mentality towards working out. I now see this as my worship and I no longer complete my workouts mindless of what I am doing. What I am doing goes much deeper than a sumo squat or box jump - it is actually giving glory back to my God by saying: "God thank you for this body you gave me and sent Jesus to die for. I am swinging this kettle bell and running on this treadmill because I want to worship you by stewarding the most precious gift you have given me - my body." 
When you get this revelation it makes giving up on a routine or a diet plan a lot harder, because you aren't just giving up an hour in a gym. You are passing up an opportunity of worship. 
People change their bodies all the time. But I don't just want to change my body to achieve a number on a scale or to fit into my "skinny" jeans. I want to do all those things, don't get me wrong. Goals are good, but above it all I want to be a worshiper in my every day ordinary life.  I want to take every opportunity to worship my God, even when it requires burpees and kettle bells. 
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  - Galatians 6:9
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