Tuesday, April 26, 2016
“For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3
If you have ever worked with a personal trainer or fitness coach, you will know that one of the first questions that he or she will ask you is this: “What’s your goal?”
“What are you working towards?” “What do you want to look like and feel like, and in what period of time?” Goal-related questions are so important because they give you an endpoint to work towards.
Knowing your goal will motivate you, inspire you, challenge you, help you to get through the difficult times and back on track if you lose your way. And it’s the same with spiritual fitness.
What do you want to look like and feel like? As you begin to discipline yourself and engage in spiritual exercises, how will you evaluate your process?
Well, today, I will share with you a short description of a spiritually healthy person so we know what we are working towards.
A spiritually healthy person has a deep, vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit. This relationship is lived out on a daily basis and shapes every aspect of a person’s life. It is is developed through worship, prayer and the study of God’s word.
A spiritually healthy person has a definite goal.
Abraham’s goal was to reach the land God had in store for him. Paul’s goal was to reach the whole known world for Christ. What is your goal?
A spiritually healthy person is realistically humble.
Paul, probably the greatest saint of all time, called himself “less than the least of all saints” (Ephesians 3:8). He reminds us not to feel self-important with the question “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).
A spiritually healthy person is confident.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
A spiritually healthy person is optimistic. They believe God is on their side and all will be well. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
A spiritually healthy person is a giver. Understanding that they have received much from God, he or she knows that they have much to give, and does so with joy!
The more spiritually fit we are the more we are able to withstand temptations, and endure persecution for the sake of Christ. We would look, sound and behave more like Christ the more spiritually fit we are, and this is our goal.
We can take steps today to become more spiritually fit!