The Cost of Sitting Still

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Researchers studying the impact of a sedentary job on your health have revealed some disturbing facts.  Periods of inactivity or sitting before a computer for long periods of time now places a person with an increased risk of at least thirty chronic diseases.  Standing or sitting all day are two extremes that can also negatively impact one’s health.  So, what does the latest study in ergonomics recommend?  That for every-half hour of working in an office, people should stand for eight minutes, sit for twenty minutes, and move around and stretch for two minutes.   The key is regular movement over the course of the entire day. 

What is true for our physical health can also be applied to our spiritual condition.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be spiritually active and in the Word every day if we want to experience spiritual health.  In his last recorded words, the apostle Peter tells believers, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever!  Amen.”  (2 Peter 3:18 The spiritual development referenced here is the work of sanctification, which is carried out by the Holy Spirit, in the life of every Christian.  Through prayer, corporate worship, and the studying of God’s Word, we become recipients of God’s grace and gain intimate knowledge of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Let’s use the remainder of this week to stay spiritually fit by adjusting our schedules to reflect our commitment to grow in the grace and knowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It’s never too late to start moving!