My wife was responding to the odor coming off my body from the first ride of the year 2015. It wasn’t much. Just 3.45 miles but it’s a start. It felt good to be outside after a long winter. This years’ goal 997 more before the weather turns cold again in the Fall.
Now the sobering news. Ten of the 16 pounds I lost last summer have reappeared around my belly. I have ballooned back up to 181 and now I have to start over.
Physical exercise and spiritual exercise have a lot in common. Lose discipline in either and regression is inevitable. There is no short cut. If you want to lose weight, you have to change your habits. You have to eat less, eat right, and become more active. It isn’t rocket science. And you have to stay consistent. Little things add up but only when done consistently. Stop, and regression is not likely; it is inevitable.
Growing in the “grace and knowledge of Christ” is the same (2 Peter 3:18). We grow in Christ when we eat more, eat right, and become more active in service. And we have to be consistent.
We need more Bible. We need more Bible meditation. And we need to serve the body of Christ and seek to live passionately for Christ. It isn’t rocket science. We just have to do it consistently.
I was meeting with a group of pastors yesterday and one of them posed a hypothetical question, “I can give you $100,000 dollars for your church or every member of your church aggressively pursuing Christ. Which do you want?”
My answer to that is simple. A million dollars, $30 million dollars, $30 billion dollars is not enough. Honestly. Money without yielded hearts to God is a scary thing to have.
What I want is every person in the church passionately pursuing Christ, diligently studying their Bibles, meditating on its wisdom and applying it in the world. If that happens, our church and any church will have all the resources we need to do all that God calls us to do.
What we and our city, and our county, and our culture need is for Christians to take their spiritual exercises seriously. And be consistent in doing that. Don’t neglect the assembling of yourselves together, as is the habit of some” (Hebrews 10:25).
Don’t neglect worship.
Don’t neglect your Bible.
Don’t neglect meditation.
Don’t neglect serving.
You will lose much if you fail to continue to fruitfulness. It’s not rocket science. It’s just the truth.