Ephesians 6:10 “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
Exercise and fitness have become a very important part of our culture. I remember before I went to law school, some 30-plus years ago, there were just a fraction of the number of fitness centers we have today. Now, not only do we have fitness centers, but we have all sorts of gyms that specialize in such things as cross fitness and other types of training.
When I went to law school at Oral Roberts University, an important part of the education philosophy was to educate the whole person – Mind, Body, and Spirit. We had to go through training during orientation about diet and how to exercise. From that point forward, we were expected to exercise every week and turn in actual reports about the time that we had put in and what we did! For many, they would just fill out the cards. For me, I did take advantage and exercised quite faithfully.
But you know, I found at any time if I stopped my exercise and laid off for a month or two using one excuse or another, I would slide down rather fast. Then it was a struggle to get back in the gym and start the routine again.
I found it rather interesting that the Apostle Paul left the final word to “Be strong in the Lord.” Just like physical exercise, there is spiritual exercise. It’s not very difficult, but it is hard to maintain a routine. That routine is rather simple: Read your Bible, pray every day, and praise His holy name. You can’t just do it on Sunday and expect that you’re going to become spiritually fit.
Yes, I know when you give your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ, you are perfect in spirit; but there’s still a life that we must live and a journey that we are on. It is on that journey that we need to remain spiritually fit.
Remember, there is no substitute for daily spiritual exercise. Even after all of our prayer, Bible study, and worship, we still have to remember that it is in our faith and in God’s mighty power that we dwell. It is in His power, not ours, that we are spiritually fit.
Today, pick a time to do your workout. Remember, you don’t get to exercise if you don’t get in the gym. You won’t become spiritually fit if you don’t spend this time in prayer, worship, and Bible reading. Read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, GROW!
Have a blessed day.