Do you get up early to go to the gym? Do you exercise at home or go to the park for a run or maybe a walk? Do you try to balance strength and endurance exercises to keep your body healthy?
Maybe you feel like you get plenty of exercise doing the house and yard work. I know I feel that way most days.
The fence repairs are on hold at this time because my helper is out of town, but mowing an acre, planting, watering and weeding the garden, in addition to keeping the chickens somewhat happy involves a lot of physical labor, so I get plenty of exercise. And vacuuming my house is a true test of endurance!
So how about your spiritual health? Is your spirit getting a daily workout? If not, your faith may not have the strength to endure the whole race Paul talks about in Hebrews 12:1 when he says, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.
Perseverance means ‘you keep on keeping on’. But you can’t do that unless you work on building your strength and endurance. Here are five ways to build your spiritual muscles.
Praying is like doing warm-ups. It prepares your spirit for the workout to come when you pray and ask God to teach you what He wants you to learn.
Studying your Bible works your spiritual muscles by building your faith in God. When you study and begin to piece together how He works through His people your faith in His ability to do what He says He will grows enormously.
Worshiping and praising God energizes your heart and mind. It’s like getting that ‘second wind’ so you can keep going.
Fellowshipping with other believers is the water table in the race. You get refreshed by hearing how God is working in the lives of other believers and sharing how He is working in yours.
Sharing your faith with others grows your faith muscles like nothing else can do. Sharing your faith with non-believers leads to you wanting to increase your Biblical knowledge so you can answer their questions with more ease, so you read and study more and grow closer to God as you learn more about Him. It creates a cycle of growing with God and your spiritual muscles just get stronger and stronger.
Take some time every day to exercise your spiritual muscles and increase your endurance so you can join Paul and say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
Let’s march forth today and use those faith muscles to…
Be a blessing,