iPromise Devotion – 2.9.16

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This Week’s #ipromise Principle- God’s promise to finish what he started is a promise to live not a position to attain

Today’s #ipromise Principle – Not how I look…how I live

“I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14

“All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.” Ecclesiastes 3:20

I love to look fit. There I said it! I care about how I look in front of others. I am a naturally toned guy, and when I lift weights I get more toned and muscular. The problem with that is, I tend to compare myself to others I see on social media. It’s a comparison trap. I compare in a way that demeans me not them. We all want to look good or at least feel like we look good. Some of us want to have this identity in our fitness. We may even post a selfie of our ripped bods and hashtag it with #ijustbenchedtwicemybodyweight so please #checkmeoutnow or #Strive! (Strive is actually my personal one). Sometimes fit people may believe that the tide of the ocean rolls in and bows at the sight of their washboard abs (no seriously I’ve seen this happen) and I am like “come on man!”

These two passages above could be the two most encouraging passages of scripture if we soak them in. One, there is a promise that there is nothing new under the sun. This is coming from a man who had absolutely everything. There will always be someone who is more tone, more ripped, or even the same as you, it’s just reality. We can be more content knowing we will never achieve perfection or something new because everything has already been done. So the expectation for you to be your utmost for everyone else’s highest is low! And ultimately, our perfection doesn’t happen until we see glory

Two, if we are to return to the dust that means our “outer self is wasting away” and we will depart from this earth. What does it really matter if your six pack is an attention grabber? (Note to self). You’ll either die with those abs or see it waste away as you get older and then go back to dust. What matters is our inner most being and the transformation and renewal Christ does in us, which will never perish. 

In light of this, it matters how we live, not how we look. Because “apart from him (God) who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:25. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying physical training to the glory of God. God desires us to discipline our bodies. The truth though, is that eternity is what we live for. My living is to reflect God’s glory, and to enjoy his presence now and forever. When we are absent from our bodies, we will be present with the Lord. That sounds a lot more exciting than a prepping of our temporary body for glamour that will eventually fade away.

Next time you’re looking in a mirror, ask yourself “How are you living? It has to be better than how you are looking.” #Notetoself

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