We’re inundated with fitness paraphernalia. Smart phones, tracking devices, wearables, apps, fad diets, and more. But what about becoming a F.I.T. person? How does that work?
It’s simple step. Maybe not easy, but simple. F.I.T. stands for Follower In Training. And it’s taken from the words of Jesus himself in Luke 6:40:
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
Jesus invites everyone to follow him. And then the training begins. It’s training to be “like our teacher.” The simple way to do that is to study his life. The more you and I know about Jesus habits, his teaching, and his mission, the more we’re able to resemble him. If you think following Jesus (a.k.a. being a Christian) is about anything else, I would ask you to re-read the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
So we’re all invited to be a Follower In Training. That’s a F.I.T. person. But it’s a choice we make every day. Will we look toward Jesus to better understand his habits, his teachings, and his mission? It’s simple, but it’s hard. Because that step will reveal the gap between the teacher and the student. And closing that gap is what F.I.T.-ness is all about.
If you want a place to start, I recommend any of the four gospels. Actually, I recommend ALL of them. If you don’t read anything else this year, read those. And as you read, listen to what God is saying about the gap. If you’re like me, you’ll quickly discover you’re not yet “fully trained.” It might be attitudes. It might be behaviors. It might be relationships. It might be conversations. It might be appetites. It might be dreams and goals. It might be any of a thousand areas of life where we’re not “like our teacher.” Once you’ve listened, then take the next step to close the gap. When you do that you’re on your way to becoming a F.I.T. person.
And that’s better than any wearable device, fad diet, or BMI number.
If you have an example of how you’re striving to be a F.I.T. person, feel free to share it in the comment section below. Or not.