January 22, 2007
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.
--1 Timothy 4:8
I see people all the time outside jogging, running, and biking down the street. That’s great, because it’s important for us to take care of our bodies. I just wonder sometimes if these people care as much about staying in good spiritual shape as they do about staying in good physical shape.
For the Christian, it’s not an either/or situation. As we have discussed over the last few days, the Bible urges us to stay in top shape both physically and spiritually.
It’s a matter of having balance in life. We make an effort to work out and stay in shape so that we can live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The same should be true spiritually.
Having strong, healthy bodies prepares us to deal with the physical world we live in. In much the same way, strengthening our spirits through regular times of prayer, Bible study, worship, and service to the Lord will prepare us for the spiritual atmosphere of heaven, where we will worship and serve the Lord forever!
Just as athletes do, we must practice to be ready for the big game, which in our case is heaven! We’re practicing for the big event, so let’s give the Lord our best today—whether it’s in our prayer life, the study of His Word, or our service. Practice hard every day, and you’ll be prepared and in shape when the time comes to enter heaven.
Don’t neglect your daily spiritual workout!
MAKE TIME FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL WORKOUT EVERY DAY!