Word for Today – Philippians 3:21

He Will Transform

January 2011. Can you believe we just welcomed another New Year? I have a suspicion that getting bodies in shape is on a lot of our minds.

I didn’t wait for the calendar to flip to another year before addressing my body issues. Around May 2010 I joined an exercise class that that kicked my proverbial backside. I thought I was going to need a chauffeured ride home in an ambulance after my first session. It was brutal!

But, over the past six months I’ve experienced some encouraging physical transformations: my endurance has improved, I’m toning up a little all over, and I feel better. A similar transformation takes place in our spiritual life when we exercise that area:

“He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory” (Philippians 3:21 NRSV).

Now, when you read the part about the “body of our humiliation,” don’t get hung up thinking that our bodies are something to be ashamed of. God fashioned them, and he does not make junk! This phrase serves more as a comparison to the really awesome bodies we will have with Jesus one day. (I wonder if that means no exercise classes are necessary in Heaven?) Just like it requires maintenance to keep our physical bodies fit, we need to work to keep our spiritual temples healthy as well.

In my exercise class we use equipment such cardio-machines, weights, big rubber balls, and a band that hangs from the ceiling. If a class was formatted for our spirits it would probably employ equipment to stretch our muscles in the areas of honesty, loving others, compassion, and setting ourselves aside in lieu of others.

Whether in the physical or spiritual realm, our bodies are nothing to be ashamed of, but it is important to keep the flesh in check. Too much flesh in either case is not healthy and can cause problems.

As the days and months of 2011 fly by, whatever flesh we need to address . . . let’s do it! There are many days I know Jesus helped me through my exercise class. If we will partner with him as we maintain the fleshy part of our spiritual lives, he’ll transform us; he’s got the power!

Word for Today: If we do our part, he will transform us!

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