Gym of Life
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1.2-4 NLT).
Bodybuilders who walk into the gym bring with them a sense of excitement. They know that their struggle with the weights is what will tear the muscle fibers, which will eventually heal and grow stronger. When they enter into the weight room, they understand that they will feel pain, exhaustion and brokenness, but that is all part of the sport. They will never become stronger unless they confront weights that are almost too difficult for them to move. They are getting ready for the day that they will present their bodies strong and powerful on stage. This truth is the same for Christians today. God is making us into the people we will be for eternity, and He knows that the struggles of this life are what will build us up, lean us out and make us stronger. If we never confront the weight of trouble, we would never mature and build strength in the Lord. This life on earth is like a gym, and we are preparing for the day we will be presented on the heavenly stage before Jesus. Will He say good job or will we have wasted away our life because we ran from every struggle that came our way? We must trust the process of brokenness and growth, knowing that the Lord doesn’t want to make us weak; rather, He is trying to make us strong in Him.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6.10 NIV).