One of the problems with training to be physically fit is the temptation to slack off in one area if you’re doing well in another. In your mind you tell yourself, “I’ve earned this.” Every week, I workout 4 or 5 days at the gym. I do this fairly early in the morning. (I don’t mean that in a bragging way as some do on Facebook as you will see in the next sentence). But, even though I have been disciplined in that aspect, I continue to struggle with weight gain (constantly up and down). The reason is due to my rationalizing. It goes like this: “I’ve walked/jogged 3 miles today and lifted, so I can have this Twix bar (or ice cream) after lunch.” And that’s not all – there are other things I rationalize which undo any good I accomplished in the workout. To be physically fit I need to pay attention to more than exercise. I must pay attention to my diet – actually to a larger degree.
In 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 Paul said, “Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
I think some do spiritually what I’m tempted to do physically. They rationalize: “If I spend time in the word and prayer, I don’t need to be that strict about being at church.”; “If I am going to church every week, I don’t need to worry about doing daily devotions.”; “If I pray before meals that means I don’t need to pray at other times”; “I give of my time, so I don’t need to give of my finances.”; “I try to live a good life and let that be my witnessing so I don’t have to really say anything to anyone.” And so it goes.