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EP. 227 - Addicted to Fitness

Fitness becomes an idol when you put your identity in your looks instead of God.” – Justin Watkins

The Men of Iron BODcast is back for Week 3 with Justin and Roman! This month we are talking all about fitness and why it matters. This week we are talking about the dangers of fitness becoming an idol. “Whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. If you don’t view your fitness and body through a God-centered lens, it can quickly become an idol. This happens when you start putting your identity in your looks, or what you can accomplish through fitness, instead of God. What are some red flags to tell if you are making fitness an idol?

  • #1 – Spending too much time at the gym that it takes away from God or your family
  • #2 – If it doesn’t bring you a healthy excitement and joy

When we talk about fitness becoming an idol there are two sides. There are men who spend too much time working out and men who don’t spend any time or enough time working out. The overall mortality rate is 41 percent higher for men than women, and it’s higher for men for 8 out of 10 leading causes of death—including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes (Indiana State University Report). There are probably more men listening on the “I don’t prioritize my fitness” side of the coin. Men, God believes that you are worth it, you can do it. God wants to use your physical body for the relationships around you – for your wife, kids, neighbors, friends. It starts with building healthy habit. As we read in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Fitness matters because of the Gospel, you were bought at a price, so honor God with your body. If you have struggled with your fitness for years it can feel overwhelming or intimidating to know where to start. We would love to help you on your fitness journey, reach out to us today and let us be a resource for you! https://menofiron.org/contact-us/


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SHOW NOTES:

  • The Men of Iron BODcast is back for week two with Justin and Roman!
  • Last week we talked being fit for the glory of God, do it ALL for God’s glory
  • Are you working out for yourself or for the glory of God?
  • Your fitness should be focused on glorifying God and living out your purpose
  • How can fitness become an idol?
  • When you start putting your identity in your looks, or what you can accomplish through fitness, instead of God
  • It’s so easy to compare yourself to others when it comes to your fitness
  • What are some red flags to tell if you are making fitness an idol?
    • If you are spending too much time at the gym, running, etc. that you don’t have time for God or your family
    • If it doesn’t bring you a healthy excitement and joy
  • You can also make fitness an idol on the opposite spectrum, by NOT paying enough attention to your fitness
  • The overall mortality rate is 41 percent higher for men than women, and it’s higher for men for 8 out of 10 leading causes of death—including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes (Indiana State University Report)
  • When we are talking about this issue there are probably more men who are not paying enough attention to their fitness
  • God wants to use your physical body for the relationships around you – for your wife, kids, neighbors, friends
  • God believes that you are worth it, you can do it
  • But it’s not easy – it will take a long time and it takes commitment
  • It starts with building healthy habits
  • Don’t fall in love with the gift over the Giver
  • “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
  • If faith is not the foundation for your fitness pursuit, you need to reevaluate it
  • Evaluate your CORE5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness and Finances)
  • Are you in balance or out of balance in any of these areas
  • Check out our 5F Action Plan as a quick and free resource to evaluate your CORE5
  • From mentorship to small group resources, we want to prepare you for the climb – visit menofiron.org/thesummit.
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