Believe it or not — I’ve run out of machines! The last part of my workout involves a few minutes on a treadmill. But the fact that those are all the machines that I’ve used to do my “reps,” an idea occurred to me. Why not use everyday things as weights?
For example, when the little woman invites you to take out the garbage, why not see it as an opportunity for some “reps”? Don’t just take out the garbage — do some work on your lats or your pecs or your abdominals by creatively walking to the garbage can while swinging your arms.
Granted, the neighbors will look at you funny, pull their children behind them, and close their drapes, but, hey, bodybuilders are a marginalized minority. I love the following cartoon:
But our real reason for talking about our exercise is to continue our study in the epistle of Titus which deals with the issue of becoming SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY. We were thinking of chapter 3. Here’s our text:
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Here are a few questions that occur to me on 3:3-8 — and my preliminary answers:
1. List the seven descriptors of our before-Christ lives. What seems to be the major point that the Apostle Paul is making here? foolish/disobedient/deceived/enslaved to passions & pleasures/lived in malice & envy/being hated & hating one another. Paul’s major point seems to be to remind us where we were before Christ saved us!
2. How is salvation clearly shown here not to be by our works? (verses 4-5) We are not saved by righteous things we do!
3. We learn of the new birth in John 3 and the Holy Spirit’s role in bringing that about. What additional information do we get in verses 5-6 about the Third Member of the Trinity? The Holy Spirit washes and renews us and is poured out generously on us!
4. Have you thought much about your being an HEIR in the family of God? What other verses speak of our inheritance in the New Testament? Here are several verses about our becoming heirs:
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
1 Peter 1:4
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,