It’s Time to Bulk Up.

“Train yourself to be godly.” – 1 Timothy 4:7

The other day while riding my bike, I couldn’t help noticing the well-defined legs of the cyclist in front of me, and I thought, “Wow. I wish I had calves like that.”

Even when I was a personal trainer and devoted many hours to working out, I could never quite achieve the muscular definition I desired. I have an ectomorphic body type, which means my frame is long and lean rather than compact and muscular. No matter how many sets and repetitions I crank out in the gym, my body was simply not designed to respond quickly or easily to heavy weight training. Although at one time that was a source of frustration, I’ve learned to accept and appreciate how God created me.

Physical exercise is important to keep our bodies healthy and strong. However, spiritual exercise is far more valuable because not only does it benefit us in this life but also in the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8). Even though each of us is unique with different functions in the body of Christ, the good news is that we all have the potential to be bodybuilders in Jesus! There is no limit to how much growth we can experience through regular Bible study, prayer, fasting, and Scripture memorization. It all depends upon how much we want to “bulk up.”

What kind of shape are you in? Are your spiritual muscles strong, or are they getting flabby from lack of use? Don’t allow atrophy – the decrease of your muscle mass – to set in. Read God’s Word every day so that you don’t become weak and ineffective for God’s kingdom. Get serious about your training. Remember, you can’t skip a workout here and there and still accomplish what God wants to do in your life. You must stick with the program. If you do, you will be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Your spiritual muscles will be highly conditioned, making you fit and ready for His service.


  1. great analogy Kristen. We have to keep on exercising our spiritual muscles so we can be strong in the Lord and have the strength for the battles we face daily. You have such a gift..keep writing.

  2. What a great reminder, thank you.

  3. Great point! I have been thinking about it a lot lately and actually am axiuosly awaiting our move so I can concecrate more of my time to spiritual “work outs” 😉

  4. Ladies, thanks for your comments and encouragement. Let’s train hard for Jesus! 🙂

  5. right on my sister!

  6. I loved this post and it is exactly what I needed to hear! I am physically and spiritually out of shape but I know its time to get back on track!

    I love this blog!

  7. Divine and Debt Free (I like that blog name!), thanks for your encouragement and for visiting my blog. I pray that you will be strengthened by the Lord’s Word as you “bulk up” in Him! 🙂