Exercise takes a lot of self-discipline, but here are 8 Bible verses to add a deeper purpose to your workout routine.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
– Romans 12:1
This is my absolute favorite verse on exercise. It’s not about torturing yourself in an effort to drop a few pounds. It’s an act of worship, striving for holiness. It’s about surrendering every piece of yourself – heart, mind, body, and soul into His loving hands.
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
– 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
The reason you exercise is important. The number on the scale or a smaller dress size can be good temporary motivation, but keeping your eyes on the Ultimate Prize, Jesus, is the best motivation of all. Spending time training, taking care of your body, is not a waste of time or energy. It’s an investment into yourself so that you can live more fully for Him.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I don’t know about you, but when I borrow something from somebody else, I fiercely take care of it – often more so than I take care of my own things! I want to be able to return it to them in the best possible shape that I can.
Our bodies are not our own and exercise is one of the best ways that you can take care of yourself, not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually. You house the Holy Spirit and that is not a task to be taken lightly!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
– 1 Corinthians 10:31
I love taking mundane, everyday tasks, and adding meaning to them. Washing dishes is not just about getting the plates clean. It is about nurturing and taking care of the people around you.
Every detail of your life can bring glory to God, including exercise. Don’t just do it for you, your kids, your spouse, or a smaller waistline – do it to glorify the Lord! Exercise can be a powerful act of worship.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
– Proverbs 31:17
When you exercise, your daily life gets easier. It’s easier to walk up and down stairs, keep up with your kids, and carry groceries into the house.
Prepare your body to take on life. Move regularly, lift things, so you can be ready to take on whatever vigorous work that comes your way.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
– Philippians 4:13
There is no denying that exercise is hard. It takes a lot of willpower just to get started, much less finish a full workout. But if you never push yourself past your comfort zone, you will never grow. Don’t go crazy and hurt yourself, but challenge your body. It is capable of more than you think.
If you’re thinking, I’m not strong enough, you’re right! None of us are. But He is and that is more than enough.
…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
– Isaiah 40:31
“I’m too tired” is one of the most common excuses not to exercise out there. It’s understandable! Whether you are single, married, retired, or a young mom, there are endless reasons to be exhausted.
Yes, exercise takes energy, but it also gives you energy.
God is faithful. He will equip you with the strength and stamina to soar.
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
– 1 Timothy 4:8
Godliness should always come first. Your relationship with God is of the utmost importance in your life!
But don’t miss the first half of the verse. “For physical training is of some value.” There is value there. Don’t just cast it aside as a meaningless activity. Science and Scripture alike recognize the importance of exercise in your life!