So we all know that working out can’t just happen one time to see results…
It’s a seriously sad fact, but oh so true.. It takes SO much effort to not be lazy.. Maybe that’s just me though..
-> let us not become weary in trying to do good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up [Galatians 5:9]
With working out, I’ve found that whenever you stop for awhile, picking it back up is much easier than the first time you started. Your body remembers how great it felt and gets back into motion quicker and you can still do near the same amount as you could before you stopped; you don’t have to start over from scratch.
The same is true with our faith. When we first start, it’s a little awkward, but when we get into the groove and become more comfortable with it, our quiet times get longer, prayer lives more focused, and understanding the Bible gets easier because we now know how to hear God’s voice. When we stop for awhile, after we come back we remember the times God spoke to us and our real encounters with Him.
-> Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary struggles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:16-18]
I like to keep journals.. Prayer journals, devo journals, Bible study journals, thought journals. I love being able to look back and see answered prayers and the things God has spoken to me in the past.
I like to look at those journals when my faith feels dry, when I need new inspiration to start again. Like working out… Goodness knows I try to avoid the health and fitness section on Pinterest because it always makes me feel guilty and want to work out. But I try to remember how good I feel after the workout, the time invested was worth it.
With our faith, the investment we put in will be so blessed by God, because the benefits from working out only last so long after the workout. Our bodies will eventually fail on us, but our faith is an entirely different story. The benefits from working out our “spiritual muscles” will out last anything we could possibly do with our bodies. We get heavenly benefits and rewards for our spiritual endurance.
But what we do is nowhere near where we should be. We can’t do this walk by ourselves, we are only human and we fall and fail all the time. This is why we have Jesus, to show himself through our weaknesses and failures, to show the world that what we do and have is not from ourselves, but all from Him and to His glory.
-> But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12:9-10]
So now every time you work out, remember to work out those spiritual muscles too! In time, you will grow stronger in your faith and closer to Christ. Journaling helps to see progress and encourage you to keep at it, even though sometimes it gets difficult and finding time can be crazy.
So let’s get off the couch and get at it!