My wife and I both had a bit of a weight gain when we left South Africa, probably due to the stress and insecurity of immigrating. I am rather happy to say that we both tackled the issue head on, and we are both now down to the same (if not lower) weights that we were when we got married. Since we know what that process is like, we do enjoy watching The Biggest Loser on TV, both the Aussie and American shows. I have noticed that so many values that the trainers try and install in the participants, can be used to help you in your christian walk, so I’m going to use this blog post to try and explain that.
The trainers are often telling the contestants to say that they CAN rather than they can’t, sometimes they even shout it at them! At times I would really like to shout this at christians (and myself). So often we come with an attitude of I can’t.. Pick someone else.. He/she is so much better at that than me.. Moses tried it, Jonah tried it, most of us try it.. Doesn’t the bible say that YOU can do all things through Christ who gives you strength? I am not a self help teacher, but I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see that wallowing in your pool of self pity is not going to get the results. Yes, it is with God’s power and authority that we do what we do, but we’re still the ones who do it.. Both Moses and Jonah eventually gave in to God and did what He said they could do, in His power, with amazing results! They would not have gotten those results if they had refused to do it and stayed in their state of self pity. It takes courage to take the first step, but with God at your side, the results will be amazing!
The trainers are always trying to get into the minds of the contestants because that is where the battle is won or lost. This is exactly the case with christianity. I have done a blog post on this already, but I don’t think I did it justice. Pick up just about any Joyce Meyer book, and she will tell you in no uncertain way just how important getting your mind right is. There are christians who say that this is not that important, but there is way too much scripture for it to be irrelevant. How can you expect God to work with you if you are constantly thinking that you will fail, thinking that you are not worthy, thinking that God can’t use you. God is great, yes, and He can use people in spite of themselves (and does) but there is a problem. If God says that we can do something (with His help) and we think that we can’t, we don’t only lack faith in ourselves but more importantly God. We are in actual fact saying, no God, I am so useless that You can’t even use me. What complete rubbish!
The trainers need to deal with the issues that got the contestants overweight in the first place. We as christians need to understand that we have issues. Yes, what Christ did on the cross gives us the freedom to get rid of those issues, but we still have to get rid of them. There are loads of christians who have accepted Jesus, yet still have emotional and physical issues that they have not dealt with. Bringing these issues up can be very painful, but you know what, you need to do that in order to heal. I use this analogy – You can’t put a plaster on a bullet wound. You have to remove the bullet so that you can heal, Jesus’ death on the cross means that we can do this. I have seen people get miraculously healed from emotional issues the second they were saved, but others not. I’m not going to get into a discussion about what we have and what we have to work for, that is for another time, but the bottom line is that we need to deal with these issues otherwise they will hold us back.
The trainers push the contestants to do the work to make them fit. We as christians often think that once we are saved, that is it, by grace not by works. Salvation is by grace yes, it is not by works.. But I’m afraid that living the christian life involves works. Not by God, by us (in Christ). We look at people like Chris Tomlin, Joyce Meyer and Andrew Wommack, and think wow, I wish I could have a ministry like they do.. Well, they were also just sitting on their couch and God came and dropped it into their lap, so you’re on the right track. Please tell me that you realised that the previous sentence was in fact sarcastic. Enough said.
Thanks for reading, I hope that this post doesn’t sting too much and that it inspires you to take that first step. God is with you, so walk with confidence!
Until next time.