Some things we just take for granted in this life such as that our fingers will bend, our knees will work and we can always do a sit up. Last night my wife and I were on the floor spending quality time with our dog Sheba when we decided to do a sit up. Much to our dismay, neither one of us could even do ONE silly sit up!
Granted, I cannot remember how many years it has been since I did one of those exercises, but I mistakenly believed it was something I would always be able to do my whole life. Discovering the truth is at times very troubling but it can be inspiring. We both have resolved to do what is needed so as to not only do A sit up but as many as we want to do.
Paul says in 1Timothy 4:7 that we are to "exercise ourselves unto godliness". The implication here is that it takes training to manifest Godliness. In other words; Godliness does not just happen in our lives but rather is obtained by doing things that make us spiritually fit. Just as it takes physical exercise for our bodies to be fit, so it takes spiritual exercise for us to fulfill our mission of living a quiet and peaceful life in all Godliness and honesty.
I think that too many times we fall into a state of spiritual coasting. We get so busy with life we slowly but surely get spiritually out of shape. If we do not change things, one day we suddenly find out we can no longer do a spiritual sit, pull or push up.
This is why it is so important for us to make a deliberate effort to pray, read the Bible, tithe, volunteer in service and reach out to others. All of these things are paramount to spiritual exercises and enable us to get and stay spiritually fit. But, if we allow fatigue, distractions or other priorities to deprive us of the time needed to be spiritually sharp, we get dull, lethargic and spiritually impaired.
A spiritually out of shape Christian is one who may have all the outward ornaments which designate them as a believer, but are incapable of manifesting spiritual fruit or power in their lives. Being spiritually unfit makes it impossible to manifest Godliness.
I pray we all, no matter how young or old we are (spiritually), go on a deliberate and concentrated training regimen so as to sharpen our spiritual abilities and hone our spiritual muscles. The more we make the time to pray, study the Word of God and do what the Word of God says we are to do; then we can be not only be ready for whatever comes our way, but able to manifest Godliness. By our fruit we are known and to produce the very best fruit we need to be spiritually fit. Off to do some sit ups!
Yes this is a great truth that we must literally practice what we preach...if we expect to reap it we must physically and spiritually sew it, bless you for this message, Amen!