Fit To Serve: Living In Ruins

Fit To Serve: Living In Ruins

By Michelle Spadafora

As I sat down to read my Bible the other day, I asked God to reveal something new to me – Wow, did He do that.

I was drawn to the book of Haggai. I thought. “This seems like a somewhat random book, but let’s see what YOU have for me God”.  I have a study Bible and it lists a “key verse” for the book you are about to read. My eyes were immediately drawn to this, “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?” (Haggai 1:4)

The book of Haggai is in the Old Testament, so when this verse says “my house” he is referring to the Temple. So the key verse really asks, “Why are you living in luxurious homes while “my Temple” lies in ruins? The people knew they were called to rebuild the temple but they were busy doing other things and weren’t making rebuilding the Temple a priority.

This is where my lightbulb moment happened. Jesus promised that after He was resurrected, He would send His Spirit into our bodies. God’s home is now in the physical body of all believers. Now let’s go back to this key verse “Why do you live in luxurious houses when your body (God’s home) lies in ruins?” This really grabbed my attention.

We are busy doing so many things – making money, traveling, buying new toys, improving our homes, taking care of our families….,yet we ignore taking care of our body.

As I continued to read through Haggai, I was moved again by this verse, “So the LORD sparked their enthusiasm…. and they began their work on the house of the LORD (Haggai1:14) If you need inspiration to take better care of your body, it comes from God, He sparks our enthusiasm. But this verse also shows we have work to do when it comes to taking care of our body.

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Yes, it’s important that we pray and ask for God’s inspiration and help, but we also have work to do when it comes to getting God’s house in shape.

For us to stay committed to working on our health, it takes self-control. Again, God’s Word is clear about how we gain self-control. God gives us self-control (2 Tim. 1:7) and self-control is one of the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:23). If we want to make lasting, healthy changes we need to draw closer so we have the self-control and discipline needed to stay on course.

The number one reason given for not exercising and eating healthy is lack of time. Again, the commentary for the book of Haggai addressed this, “Our problem is not the volume of demands or lack of scheduling skills, but values – what is truly important to us. Haggai’s message to the people sought to get their priorities straight, help them to quit worrying, and motivate them to rebuild the Temple. Like them, we often place a higher priority on our personal comfort than on God’s work and true worship. But God is pleased and promises strength and guidance when we give him first place in our life.”

When we change our motivation for exercising and eating healthy from looking a certain way or hitting a number on a scale to taking care of God’s earthly home it should inspire you to make taking care of your body a priority.

Are you motivated to move away from unhealthy habits so you can honor God with your body? If so, I know this can seem overwhelming. Where do I start and how will I ever break free from my old, unhealthy habits. It starts with one obedient choice after another. “Like a brick, each obedient act is small in itself, but in time the acts will pile up, and a huge wall of strong character will be built – a great defense against temptation.” (Commentary 1 Samuel 31:13) Each day you can make one new healthy change that moves you closer to better health.

Of course, our body is about more than just our physical health. Our mind, body and spirit are so interconnected, that if one is unhealthy it effects the others. We need to also make our spiritual health a priority. What spiritual disciplines draw you closer to God? Incorporate them into your daily routine. Physical training is important but spiritual training is more important (1 Tim 4:8).

Faithful Workouts is here to help. We offer tv programs, exercise videos and a free f3 Plan that includes weekly menu plans, exercise videos, inspirational articles and a community of like-minded people on a similar journey. We keep Christ at the center of all we do because our mission is to inspire physical and spiritual health.

Attend Michelle’s ReIgnite Retreat in Dallas, February 5-6 to learn how to be physically and spiritually fit.


Jeff Spadafora
Jeff Spadafora is the Executive VP of Life Purpose Programs and Product Development for The Halftime Institute. He spent 20 years as a leadership and executive development consultant for Fortune 1000 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Easter Seals. Compassion International, Compuware, Domino’s Pizza, Visteon, Northern Trust Bank, and Helene Curtis.

In 2005, Jeff was inspired by Bob Buford’s book Halftime and began his journey of discovering God’s true purpose for his second half. As he worked with his Halftime coach, it became clear that his calling is to help other people discover their calling.

He has coached over 130 men and women through the Halftime Journey and continues to make this a primary part of his ministry. As the leader of The Halftime Institute’s global coaching staff, he is also responsible for recruiting, training, and managing Halftime Certified coaches throughout the world.

In addition to being the lead designer of the Halftime curriculum and one of the primary facilitators of workshops for groups of people embarking on the Halftime journey, Jeff also writes and speaks globally about the issues of life purpose, joy, and kingdom impact.

His latest book, The Joy Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Life of Peace, Purpose, and Balance, is the result of a decade of personal growth, life coaching, coach leadership and study. WWW.THEJOYMODEL.COM

He lives in Evergreen Colorado with his wife Michelle and has 3 children. He enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and everything else the great outdoors of Colorado has to offer.

“Too many people focus the better part of their lives on the wrong things: the company’s agenda, other peoples’ ideas of success . . . money. Over time, this leads to frustration and emptiness. True freedom comes as a people discover their God-given design and pour themselves into service for others.” –Jeff Spadafora

Checkout Jeff's Articles:
The “Cowboy” Approach to Your Second Half Just Doesn't Work
What Should I Do With My Life?
I Lost My Heart
A Journey
An Ancient Halftimer

Listen to his podcasts:
Eternal Leadership - Coaches Corner
Eternal Leadership - Smoldering Discontent
Knowledge for Men
Theology of Business
Professional Christian Coaching Today
iWork4Him - Joy and Happiness