I mentioned a couple of days ago that I’ve recommitted myself to take care of both, my physical and spiritual health. And yesterday I posted an update in regards to the physical side of things and today I thought I would share a little about the spiritual component of my life. Let’s be clear. Out of these two, the spiritual well-being of my life, far outweighs anything else in this life, period. Mark 8: 36-38;
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
So a little over a week ago, I started attending a new Men’s Bible Study at my church – Emmaus. Men of the Word is the name of the group. For me the decision whether or not to join this group started weighing on me a month or so ago. When I first thought about it, my initial thought was “Wednesday mornings at 6 am”? I just don’t have time for that, with my workout schedule and having to get to work by 7:30 am every morning (my self imposed start time) would be too much to commit being there every week.
During the course of the next two weeks from that first thought came a barrage of convicting devotions, excerpts from sermons, worship songs, etc. But I was holding to the fact that I just didn’t have the time. At some point during this process, I finally realized that it was God prompting me to become as dedicated to my spiritual well-being as I was to my physical. And as I talked about yesterday, that was proving to be a challenge for me as well.
Last Wednesday was our first study group for this semester and I was there 10 minutes early and ready to go. Our study is on Ezra and in this first meeting we got an introduction into the study, how it would work and suggestions on how to make the most of our time in study. A couple of key questions that came up were ones that gave me pause and forced me to answer honestly. They both keyed on this simple fact: my spiritual walk/journey with Christ is not where it needs to be.
So as I drove to work I contemplated on how exactly I would execute getting my spiritual walk where it needed to be. I went back and forth trying to formulate a game plan I could be consistent with to stay on track. What I was really doing, was designing my “check” boxes. A list of tasks that I could check off each day and feel good about becoming more spiritual. Thursday went well and I was able to check off all the boxes. By Saturday afternoon, I had forgotten to even look at boxes on Friday or Saturday.
So Sunday morning, while I was struggling to survive my swim in the middle of Lake Lanier, God impressed upon my spirit the following: just as there are no shortcuts in preparing our bodies for physical competition – there are no shortcuts in preparing our heart and mind for developing our spiritual well-being! I know some of you are now thinking, well duh! So be it. For me it served as a reminder.
If I want to grow spiritually and develop a closer walk with Jesus, then it will take the same type of passion and commitment that I have given to improve physically. To learn and understand the scripture means I need to be consistent in my reading – and when reading, to do so with purpose, intent on growing my knowledge of the bible. To be diligent in praying. Doesn’t matter how well I pray now. The more I pray and seek God, the more He will reveal and teach me. If I am faithful to pray consistently, I will get better.
I have from time to time in the past, talked about the very same things I’ve mentioned here and always with the intentions of following through. Sometimes I have but mostly, I always fall short. This time may end up being no different but I am willing to try again. With that being said, my goal is to be faithful in my reading, studying, praying and applying the things I learn to my daily walk in the hopes of becoming a more consistent, Man of the Word.
Accountability? Well, first of all, I posted this. Secondly, in addition to all of my IG/Facebook post about my physical journey, you can now look forward to tidbits about my spiritual journey as well. Feel free to call me out if two or three days pass and you haven’t seen anything new from me.
Peace and thanks for reading,