Last month we talked about becoming physically fit. This month we want to talk about becoming spiritually fit and to exercise your spiritual muscles.
Have you ever pondered on how spiritually fit or spiritually mature you are? The bible gives us guidance of how we ought to live as Christians, as His disciples.
Perhaps you are one who believes that because you attend church it is an indicator of your spiritual fitness. But this is simply not so. That is like saying because you go to the local gym you will have a toned and fit body even though all you do there is catch up with friends, sit in the sauna and just goof around without actually doing some tangible exercises.
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe the church plays a role in our spiritual fitness however; you have a responsibility to push yourself and build on what the church offers. Simply put, if you only rely on the sermons, praise and worship, etc. that takes place on Sunday, without continuing outside the church, you may find yourself spiritually unfit. When you call on your spiritual muscle, they are weaker then you need to accomplish the task. Here’s a quick spiritual test to see if you are fit:
- How loving and kind am I?
- How honest am I?
- How Joyful am I?
- How at peace am I?
However you feel you tested, if you want to become spiritually fit there is a price to pay and you have to be willing to exercise your spiritual muscles. Just like a physical workout, no one can do this for you. Becoming spiritually fit is simply a matter of learning spiritual exercises. Just like getting physically fit requires exercise, we must become self-disciplined to become spiritually fit.
Pastor Rick Warren, the author of the best-seller, A Purpose Driven Life, says that “to develop spiritual fitness, our daily habits must include time spent with God, prayer, bible reading and obedience to what He reveals to you.”
I Corinthians 9:27 says: “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
Notice, it is a decision that is up to you if you want to be spiritually fit. Choose wisely as you can be sure your children are watching and doing what you do. Here are four easy things you can do starting now and with your family to begin to become spiritually fit:
- Personal and family devotions (include worship)
- Decide what things you need to set aside that keeps you from being spiritually fit
- Attend church together
- Serve together
So what about you? What are you willing to start today to become spiritually fit? Com’on- LET’S GET SPIRITUALLY FIT!