Devotional: How’s Your Spiritual Fitness Regimen Going?

By Ricky Parker
Guest Commentary
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
“24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

Since the start of 2012, I have taken a new approach with my physical health. I have became a pescatarian (someone who does not eat meat with the exception of seafood), as well as starting to focus on eating organic and natural food products. In addition to my new diet, I have started to work out on a regular basis. Bettering your physical health is something that is encouraged in today’s society, because the benefits of it go a long way. We stress the importance of our physical health, but what about our spiritual health?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul compares being spiritually fit in his walk with God to the process of an athlete in training. This really gives us some insight into understanding that we all have a spiritual make-up. We have to develop our spiritual muscles so that we can compete and fight against the enemy and the temptations that come our way. The dumbbells of FAITH and DISCIPLINE are essential to any spiritual workout, because we must have faith in God and discipline to keep His commandments. In addition to any physical workout we may do daily, we should set aside some time to grow stronger spiritually.

Through growing stronger spiritually, we are able to allow God to use us as He used Paul. Paul before becoming an advocate for Christ was a prosecutor of Christians (who would’ve ever thought). Many of us might be in a similar position as Paul where we are so far from living a life that is pleasing to God that we don’t know where to start with becoming spiritually fit, but just know it’s never too late or too early to be whoever God wants us to be in life.

Paul understood that through maintaining his spiritual fitness that he would have the strength to do God’s will. For many of us it’s easy to do bad, but we have a difficulty in doing what is right. Paul knew if he did not have discipline to fight temptation that he could ultimately weaken his testimony. How committed are we to our walk with God? Are we willing to live a life that is pleasing to Him? Are we willing to surrender to God’s will so that we can impact the lives of others? If so, being spiritually fit is important, because we should be allowing others to see God through us in all that we do.

We might not know where to start with our spiritual workout, but don’t worry – instead just ask God because He doesn’t mind spotting for us!

Ricky Parker is a husband, a father, but most of all a man after God’s heart. After many years of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry Parker realized his calling wasn’t in entertaining, but rather serving others. Having a servant’s heart Parker is passionate about helping others in need, and he is currently exercising this passion through an initiative called “Dream For Purpose”. The initiative was created in 2011 and focuses on spreading God’s love to homeless individuals and at-risk youth around the world. is a cutting-edge online magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. The site offers a platform for young adult perspectives, profiles inspirational visionaries and artists, and serves as an online community for change agents who are like-minded. Founded in 2011 by Rahiel Tesfamariam, Urban Cusp highlights voices, ideas and images not commonly found within mainstream media.

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