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How do you define Fitness?

“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back

is FIT FOR SERVICE in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:62

What's Your Definition? Webster defines fitness as “The state of being fit.” Clear as mud, right? But consider these phrases:

  • Fit for duty (as in the military)

  • Fit for office (as in elected officials)

  • Fit to play (as in an athlete’s ability to perform)

  • Fit to continue (as in a boxer’s ability to answer the bell)

In these contexts fitness is defined as “suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.” This is the heart of our “Fitness” F: Being intentional and disciplined in how we live so we can fulfill our role as men who follow Christ.

  • There is a physical element (our bodies are the temple of God.)

  • There is an emotional element (be self-controlled and sober minded).

  • There is a spiritual element as well...

In Luke 9:62 Jesus is saying to those who wanted to follow him, “If you aren’t willing to pay the price, you will not be fit to serve.” Jesus knew when it comes to being fit for service, many start but few sustain. Sustain Your Focus Here are some thoughts to help us sustain our fitness focus:

  1. Fitness is an identity more than an outcome – identity should drive our behavior.

  2. Fitness serves a purpose bigger than ourselves – It’s not about selfish gain but a desire to be used in His service.

  3. Fitness is a lifetime commitment to daily discipline - There is no shortcut to lasting impact.

What is the most important part of your Life Plan? I would contend it is not your action plan but the continuing focus on the man you want to become. When we lose sight of our purpose, our actions lose steam because our purpose keeps our actions in perspective. Each day, focus on the man God desires you to be and let that become the foundation for healthy habits that will enable you to be fit for service.

John Meriweather MD5 Facilitator

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