Available & Able
Updated: Oct 30, 2020
So what is this Glory to Glory thing all about? What does it really mean? I want to bring some revelation to what the cornerstone verse of my business is all about. First we need to go back to my testimony of all that God has done in my life. I used to be heavily overweight. My eating habits were terrible. I was obsessed with food. It ruled my life. In 2014, I determined to change. In the beginning it was mostly for the wrong reasons, how I looked in the mirror. I was tired of feeling terrible and having acid reflux constantly. I started to change my eating habits. I did research into what I really needed to be eating and how I really should be exercising. I bought some equipment and started working out at my house. The whole time God was changing my perspectives on health and calling me to change my major and get certified as a Personal Trainer. He was calling me to help others walk through some of the same things that I had. I was tired of having these ups and downs in my life… going on diets and cleanses and then going back to the same things over and over again. I was not made for inconsistency. I was made to live a stewardship lifestyle to be available and able for all that God has called me to.
So what does any of this have anything to do with that verse? 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “ But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”. We were not created to plateau or decline. We were created to look more and more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives. The whole point of the third chapter in 2 Corinthians is to show how much better it is to live under grace and faith in Christ than to live under the law that brought legalism. In the same way for us it is so much better to live free from the guilt and legalism that comes with yo yo dieting, gaining and losing weight all the time. We don’t have to go from glory to guilt. We can go from glory to glory! We can look to Jesus and become more and more like him in every aspect of life.
You may ask “How can I physically look like Jesus? He didn’t work out, so why do I have to?”. It’s not primarily about working out or training a certain way… but we have to realize that Jesus was available and able for all that The Father had for him because he stewarded everything that the father gave him. Spiritually, mentally, and physically. Jesus lived in a time where there weren’t cars and planes. If you wanted to get somewhere you had to WALK. Jesus walked and walked and walked. Sometimes he got on a boat but travel in general was very physically demanding. Especially back in those days… Jesus had to be in somewhat decent shape to be all over the place like he was, and considering the fact that he was a carpenter which was a physically demanding job. It is highly unlikely that He would have been able to accomplish the will of The Father if he was overweight with diabetes and high blood pressure. Jesus stewarded his body. He didn’t obsess over it and make his outward appearance appear perfect like the Pharisees did, quite the opposite. He stressed that the inside was much more important than the outside. But he did not let poor stewardship of his body keep himself from being able to do what The Father had.
Why not let our outside reflect what God is doing on the inside? Why not take care of this body that God gave us? We compartmentalize our lives, we think that we need to steward everything else that God had blessed us with except our body. We only get one body in this life! So my question to myself and anyone reading this is “How are we stewarding everything that God has blessed us with to be fully available and able for all that God has for us? Just like Jesus.” We can live balanced and healthy lifestyles of stewardship as we go from glory to glory and look more and more like Jesus all of our lives.
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