From Pastor Davies – 12/27
Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future
(1 Timothy 4:8, TEV).
Next Sunday is New Year’s Day and the beginning of a new year. This is the time when most people make resolutions. Usually these resolutions include things like eating more sensibly and exercising to improve physical health.
I have a need to be more attentive to my physical health. Every time I do something that requires the use of muscles – like playing golf, walking great distances, and working in the yard – I am reminded about my need to exercise regularly. And I hope to do this in 2017.
But it is also very important for me to get regular spiritual exercise. And that’s true for you as well. Here’s what I mean:
Use those spiritual muscles in your legs to get up and go to worship and Sunday school on Sundays. Yes, it might be a little painful at first, but that is nothing in comparison to the benefits you will receive.
Flex those spiritual muscles in your back to reach down and take up some ministry in the church or community. Those muscles will get a little sore. I will not deny that. But that soreness will soon be replaced with an overwhelming sense of joy and fulfillment as you see others touched by God through you.
You can also use the spiritual muscles in your hands and arms to reach for your wallet or purse and to give the Lord tithes and offerings. This might be the most painful spiritual exercise possible. But it is essential for spiritual fitness. Giving reminds us that all we have comes from God and that we are dependent on God for all things. It says “Thanks!” for all God’s blessings. But it also allows us the privilege of participating in the continuing work of Christ in the world.
So, what spiritual muscles most need exercising in your life right now?
Lord, I know I need to get more exercise, physical and spiritual. Help me not to be lazy or neglectful of either one. Help me to discover the blessings you give though them. Amen.
See you in worship this Sunday. And remember – one service only at 10:00 a.m. with Communion. Happy New Year!