Physical Training is of Some Value: The Danger of Idolatry

1 Timothy 4:8 is probably the most central verse for this website. It says “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.”

There is a real danger of falling into idolatry when it comes to physical fitness. For some people, fitness is just a means to an end. It is a way to get to a certain weight, muscle mass, etc. But for others, fitness is something that we spend a significant part of our day thinking, reading and talking about. I have a rather addictive personality, and I have a tendency to fixate on things I am interested in to the neglect of other, often more important things. There are many things in life that are good and important, but there are a few that must be guarded above all else. Our relationship with our Savior must hold the highest priority in our lives.

Do not allow yourself to become vain. It is not wrong to want to be confident and feel good about yourself, but it can be a fine line between confidence and vanity. Got Questions.org states “Our goal in exercise should not be to improve the quality of our bodies so that other people will notice and admire us. Rather, the goal of exercising should be to improve our physical health so we will possess more physical energy that we can devote to spiritual goals.”

One final point that should be made here is that the amount of time spent doing something does not always correlate directly to the level of importance you place on it. You may only spend 30 minutes in Bible study and prayer each day, but your workout may last and hour and a half. That is not necessarily idolatry. You may be someone who is able to get some quality time with the Lord in in 30 minutes, while a good workout may not be attainable for you in that amount of time. The Lord looks at our hearts. Make sure He is first.

Let me know what you think and if you have any additional comments below!

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2 thoughts on “Physical Training is of Some Value: The Danger of Idolatry

  1. Another thing is that many people use their work out time to pray. When I run, I use that time to pray about things that I wouldn’t normally pray about.

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