July 19th 2010

Spiritual Exercise

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)

Some time ago because of a health problem, I had a major operation. Because this was close to my planned retirement I decided to retire a few months early. The operation went well but having had a busy and demanding job which kept me active and busy, I found the recovery period difficult. I had no energy and was constantly tired. So, remembering the scripture above, I joined a “Dancing for Fitness “class, and a few weeks later, a gym.

At first it was hard work but over time my stamina and energy improved. It took a few months but I lost some weight and suddenly realised that I was feeling really well and enjoying life again. So physical exercise does indeed have a value, if we are able to do it.

But what about spiritual exercise? Do we let our spiritual muscles become flabby and tired, making our Christian walk seem exhausting rather than enjoyable?

In our world today our mind is constantly bombarded with the wrong values and too much information. The culture in which we live seems designed to drain our time and energy both physically and spiritually. Exercising our spiritual muscles, our minds, with some regular bible study, prayer and maybe occasional fasting will give us more spiritual stamina and energy. It does not earn us salvation, we have that as God’s free gift, but we may find that our spiritual exercise helps us to enjoy being Christians even more and motivates us to share our faith with others.

Prayer
Father, help us to stay fit both physically and spiritually, as we are able, so we can radiate your love and joy to everyone we meet.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick 

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