How is your soul muscle?
In these days of rigorous physical workouts we need to be aware that our soul needs to be fit as well. Physical fitness has become a religion in our culture. Here are statements that lead me to say this:
“Can’t miss a workout”
“Have to run a little faster”
“Need to buy these better shoes”
“Hope I don’t pull a muscle”
“Can’t put on any weight”
We are in danger of putting so much emphasis on the physical that can we miss on what is most important in life. Don’t get me wrong–it feels good to be in shape! Taking care of ourselves may help prevent decline in health, reduce medical expenses and extend quality of life. But as scripture says, “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” I Timothy 4:8
I am not suggesting anyone stop working out. What I am suggesting is that we put as much time (or more!) into the development of our spiritual lives. Satan wants to keep us from getting into the Word and spending time in prayer so that he can hamstring us spiritually and make us ineffective. Be careful.
If it was possible to measure spiritual muscle, how would it measure up to our physical muscle? What is most important to you?