I would have put a picture of an overweight personal trainer here, but come on, that’s just mean…
Having been a member at a couple of gyms now, one question has lingered: why would anyone look to an out-of-shape personal trainer to train them? You know you’ve thought it. The trainer obviously doesn’t believe whole-heartedly in what they’re doing with their life. They don’t apply the very principles they’re telling you to apply. They don’t eat, breathe, and sleep fitness. It seems like they’re just in it for the paycheck.
Holy Spirit time: I wonder, just wonder, if anyone’s ever thought this about me in regards to preaching/pastoring. The question would be posed this way: why would anyone look to an undisciplined, ungodly pastor to train them in the ways of Jesus? The preacher obviously doesn’t believe whole-heartedly in what they’re doing with their life. He doesn’t apply the principles he’s telling me to apply or live the life he’s saying Jesus wants me to live. He doesn’t eat, breathe, and sleep Jesus. There’s no evidence that he has a prayer life or that he goes into the community to practically help others. In fact, there’s really no evidence he even loves the people to whom he’s preaching! It seems like he’s just in it for the paycheck.
The apostle Paul spoke to this reality that’s all around our churches and pulpits, namely, unfit and out-of-shape pastors: 1 Corinthians 9  So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
I’m trying to get in shape physically. But may we never get our priorities out of order. 1 Timothy 4  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.