Get In Shape!
Many of you know that our practices from time to time have been difficult, riddled with exercise, sweat and perhaps even tears. As much as I want you in physical shape for performances, I also want you in great spiritual shape. 1 Timothy 4:8 is clear on this:
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”
How are you getting in shape this year? Last week I challenged you to make a commitment to reading the Bible for 15 minutes a day, to memorize Psalm 119:11 and memorize the books of the Bible. I’ll be testing you guys the next time I see you… so be ready! For this week, here’s the challenge: Get In S.H.A.P.E.
S=Share your faith with a friend.
Simply talk about what God has been teaching you, a lesson you have learned, or talk about the Fast forward event you will do this coming weekend. Let people know what you are doing and why you live the way you live. This will certainly stretch you and help you flex some spiritual muscle.
H=Help a friend or even a stranger.
A stranger is just a friend whose name you don’t know yet. There are a myriad of ways you can do this, from tutoring someone in Spanish to giving someone a ride. We all know people who could use a hand, so let me invite you to help a friend this week.
A great way to flex and develop your spiritual muscles is to assert yourself in a project or task at your church or within your community. There are always needs around us but people are not always going to ask for help. Assert yourself and be open to letting God use you by stepping up and stepping out. Don’t be afraid to volunteer yourself. God could greatly use you in ways you never imagined!
I’m convinced and convicted that I don’t pray enough…how about you? If we want to spiritually strong, prayer has to be a bigger and greater part of our “workout” routine. How about setting up a prayer list/journal this week and start keeping track of your prayers and then you can better praise and share God’s answers with others!
If you really want to build up some spiritual strength, exercise your arms by pushing and lifting others up. Everyone can use some encouragement and meaningful words from friends and loved ones can most certainly energize and build strength for all involved. Take some time this week and encourage some people you think could use a good word or two. Post on their Facebook walls, send an email or even handwrite a note or card.
So, this week, let’s not only exercise and workout physically, let’s develop our spiritual muscles as we get in “S.H.A.P.E.”
Share your stories below. Comment on how you get in SHAPE this week.