No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God;” for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15)
If you’ve recently stumbled onto Intentional Encounter you may be wondering why two guys are focusing so much time and effort writing about faith, fitness, and clean eating.
More specifically, you may be scratching your head wondering what faith, fitness, and clean eating have in common.
I, for one, contend they have a lot in common. In particular, I believe taking control of your physical life through consistent exercise and clean eating will, in fact, allow anyone – man, woman, or child – to strengthen their spiritual lives.
How is this? Let’s explore.
Heavenly Potato Skins
I want you to imagine you’re three weeks into your clean eating and exercise plan. You’ve done very well and are seeing real progress. But, alas, the time has come to go out to eat with your family at your favorite restaurant.
The appetizers have arrived and there they are. Potato skins. You know the kind… the ones buried in cheese, chives, and sour cream. And that delectable dipping sauce is always conveniently located right beside them.
And let’s just assume, for the heck of it, these just happen to be your favorite even though you know, for sure, they aren’t part of your clean eating plan. Oh, and the fact you’re extremely hungry isn’t helping the situation at all.
What do you do? Do you resist and wait for something healthier to arrive? Or do you cave to the sight and smell of these delicious potato skins and quickly throw two onto your plate?
Growing in Holiness
Well, I contend this is the perfect opportunity to practice self-control, discipline, and resolve while also growing in holiness.
Wait? Growing in holiness? Am I saying eating potato skins – or any junk food – is going to send you to hell? No. Of course not… although that did make for an awesome blog post title, right?
But, what I am saying is if you have the courage, and discipline, to pass on those potato skins you’re most definitely going to strengthen your resolve.
And, conversely, I am saying if you cave and eat those potato skins since, you know, you’ve been really good – and, gosh darn it, you DESERVE a little treat – you’re doing nothing but weaken your resolve while proving to others, and yourself, you have little, to no, self-control.
You see, if you can’t say no to potato skins what makes you think you’ll be able to say no to impure, or other sinful, thoughts?
Or what makes you think you’ll be able to control your sinful anger the next time your kids push your buttons the wrong way?
Or, if I haven’t touched a nerve yet, what sin, or sins, do you consistently confess again and again? Whatever that sin is… ask yourself if you’ll be able to say no the next time the evil one whispers into your ear. Put another way, will you say no even though you can’t resist some lousy potato skins?
Far More to Holiness
To be sure, there is much more to growing in holiness than saying no to unhealthy food.
But, all I can say is that I’m a repeat sinner and need all the help I can get. And, recently having the opportunity to say no to bad foods, and yes to consistent exercise, seems to be having a direct impact on my ability to say no to sinful tendencies I’ve long struggled to control.
So, my dear friends in Christ, I’d invite you to unite all aspects of your life together and continuously practice self-control and discipline no matter the situation.
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!
Do You Agree?
I’m curious… do you agree with what I’ve shared in this article? If so, how are you doing with this aspect of your life? And, if you don’t agree, which is definitely cool, I’d love to hear your thoughts as well in the comments section below.
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