High Maintenance Christianity: Is Your Soul Supple Too?
- Friday, January 09, 2004
Lotions or not, one of the absolute BEST things you can do for your skin’s moisture is to drink plenty of water every day.
The Body Beautiful/Spiritual
The point of body lotions is to keep your skin soft, toned and supple. Like our human body, our spiritual bodies should be kept the same. Looking and feeling good spiritually doesn’t come about by a one-time-only application. The younger you start taking care of yourself spiritually the better off you’ll be later in life. This doesn’t mean that if you come to the Lord at an older age you’re doomed. But, let’s face it; you’re more apt to be “scarred.”
“When I grow up,” a young girl said to her grandmother, “I want to be a sweet old lady.”
“How do you think you should go about accomplishing that?” the grandmother asked.
The little girl shook her head. “I’m not really sure, but you’re a sweet old lady. How did you get to be that way?”
Grandmother smiled knowingly. “Sweet old ladies,” she instructed, “come from sweet young ladies.”
It’s true. The things we learn spiritually as children often keep us spiritually healthier as we grow older. Solomon wrote, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them.” (Ecc. 12:1)
How can we—any of us—keep our spiritual bodies soft, toned, and pliable? By taking on the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 reads: We have the mind of Christ. How do we, with all our sinfulness and worldly clutter, manage to take on the “mind of Christ?”
Have you ever noticed that the more time you spend with someone, the more like them you become? I do. I’m very quick to “take on” mannerisms, phrases, and even accents. Likewise, the more time we spend with the Lord, the more like Him we become. By reading the Word and praying “continuously” we literally and liberally apply Him to ourselves. Because He is the Living Water, our spiritual skin is able to “drink Him in.” He, in turn, can go deep into that part of us that may have gotten wrinkled or calloused.
Finally, be sure that the “spiritual lotion” you are using is appropriate for you. By this I mean that you should find fellowship within a solid, Bible-based church where you can learn even more still about the deep things of God. Not every church community if for every body. Some like choirs and others like praise and worship teams. Some like instruments while others say, “Piano only.” Some like pastors in robes and others prefer pastors in Birkenstocks. But always…ALWAYS…make certain your church teaches Biblical truths and is a place where you can grow spiritually.
Questions for Personal or Group Study
1. What kind of body lotion do you use? Is it truly appropriate for your skin?
2. When did you begin using body lotions and moisturizers? If you had started younger (or later) in life, do you think it would have made a difference?
3. When did you come to know Christ? Were you a “sweet young lady” or did you come to know Him later in life? If so, how might getting to know Him earlier in life have changed your life?
4. How spiritually supple are you?
5. What does it mean to you to “take on the mind of Christ?” Do you think you have? If not, what would it take for you to do so?
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