Christian workout? What does that mean? Well, physical exercise strengthens our bodies and spiritual exercise strengthens our faith.
Paul often used a physical activity analogy when referring to our Christian walk e.g. running a race!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV).
Going to the gym regularly is a common New Year’s resolution. However, we all know the sad stats on this and other resolutions. We usually maintain our goal for about two weeks or maybe a month. Another problem with resolutions is that many Christians believe it is legalistic and draws us away from the leading of the Holy Spirit. Check out a blog I posted last year that addressed these concerns by clicking here.
Consequently, as we say goodbye to 2018 and leap into 2019, I am proposing something different in style and purpose. After all, we talk about our Christian walk so why not strengthen our walk with Jesus.
Instead of selecting a couple of resolutions for the year we can set bite-sized goals thus focusing on one Christian workout each month.
You can pump up or scale down this exercise routine to fit your personality, needs, and schedule. Of course, if one routine a month is too overwhelming choose the ones that appeal to you the most. Any degree of participation is helpful in your walk with the Lord.
CHRISTIAN WORKOUT INSTRUCTIONS
There are twelve separate workouts – most of which have resources and videos to click on for further information. So not to overwhelm, one workout is posted each month. Also, there is a suggestion for service with each workout.
Get a tablet or journal to make notes as you accomplish these monthly goals, consequently giving you a year-end reference to review that will provide a sense of accomplishment.
We should note our service efforts here too.
At the end of each month, I will post the following month’s Christian Workout. Please don’t skip over the links and videos provided
Finally, make this Christian workout your own. These suggestions aren’t supposed to add stress or make anyone feel guilty. Perhaps you want to skip the service suggestions or do only the service ideas. As mentioned above you might choose to do some months and not others.
Whatever you choose, it would be great to encourage one another throughout the year by commenting on our journey or make suggestions that enhance the study.
It is my prayer we will all grow spiritually during 2019 by completing this Christian workout as it fits your schedule. Below is January’s workout.
CHRISTIAN WORKOUT: JANUARY
January is a month when things slow down and the weather keeps us inside, thus it’s a grand time for a great read. Snuggle up with a book – however, not just any book but a Christian classic. Remember to keep your notebook or journal handy. Read thoughtfully and reflect on what you learn, moreover make notes to help you remember what you learned and for future reference.
Some classic book suggestions include Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, or Christian Classics by Charles Spurgeon. Some other authors to search for a classic read
Warren Wiersbe wrote a book titled: 50 People Every Christian Should Know. While it is not a classic it gives a brief overview of 50 spiritual giants of the Christian faith that is quite informative and enlightening.
Still searching for an idea? Take a peek at Ligonier’s list by clicking here, although I warn you some are a little deep.
If you are new to the faith or are looking for something lighter as we all recuperate from busy December
There are many choices – just make sure to cover the first mile of our Christian walk by reading a book that encourages learning and spiritual growth.
Buy a Christian book for a person that will help them through a difficult time or current struggle. Perhaps give a book that teaches the basics of our faith to a new Christian. Another idea is to donate a Christian book to your local or church library.
If you have any thoughts about resolutions or can suggest a good book, please comment below. I love to hear from my readers and I know others appreciate different perspectives. Also, watch for February’s workout around January 31st.
Most importantly, please share your journey this year with our WSC community. You might encourage a sister in Christ.
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Happy New Year everyone and blessings until next time.