Today's Devotional Thought
March 04, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
Are you in training? We all know that there is value in physical training. We can work out to lose weight, help possible health issues, and to get physically fit. I try to go to the gym several days each week and I feel good when I leave after a great work out.
When we think of our physical health we know that we can become ill or injured. This time of year, it seems that we are nursing ourselves back to health or our kids and husbands. God can sustain us through those sicknesses or injuries. But what about spiritual sickness? How do we combat that?
Much like we take care of our physical body so that we can prevent sickness, we need to do the same with our spiritual body. I know you are expecting me to say read your Bible and study, spend time in prayer and worship. And, you would be right. Those things are very important. We must be in the Word and know our Lord and spend time with Him. We must be listening for his leading in our lives and spend time praising Him and worshipping Him for who He is and for what He has done for us. But I want to go a little farther. In I Timothy 4, it says that we shouldn’t neglect the gifts that we have been given. It goes on to say that we should give ourselves wholly to them so that everyone can see the progress we make.
We all have gifts and talents that God has given us. I believe that part of our spiritual training is exercising those gifts. We need to use them to serve God and to serve others. When we neglect using them I dare say much like an athlete losing muscle tone when they fail to continue training, we as believers could quite possibly lose sharpness in those spiritual gifts. Additionally, I believe that when we use our gifts and talents in the church that we can even discover other gifts and talents that we didn’t realize that we had. I know I found this to be true in my own ministry. I would never have led a ladies bible study at our previous church because I felt intimidated. That was wrong, but honestly I never felt led in that direction. When we moved to our new church I felt very strongly that God wanted me to start up a consistent ladies bible study. Oh my, I felt so ill-equipped, but I was obedient and the Lord has blessed.
Let me ask you today, are you doing some spiritual exercise? Are you in the word and praying? Are you spending time worshipping the Lord for his goodness to you? And, are you using your spiritual gifts for Him and to serve others?
It is important to stay physically in shape. But friend, it is even more important to make sure that we are spiritually in shape. Let me encourage you today to keep working out spiritually. Use those gifts in the church and follow the Lord’s leading. Don’t allow others to intimidate you. Instead, just be obedient and serve him in the ways that he has gifted you.