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Spiritual Fitness Part 3

Hey everyone,
 
            How are you feeling about your physical health these days post covid?  Maybe you sense the need to go on a diet.  I checked out Wikipedia and it listed hundreds of diets that you can choose from.  A few of my favourite were the Cookie Diet (in which you eat low-fat cookies in place of a meal), the Baby Food Diet (speaks for itself) and the Inedia Diet (also known as the Breatharian Diet: based on the belief that food is not necessary for human subsistence).
 
            All this to say that there are many ways to try and get physically healthy.  That is very good.  Jennifer and I have been doing the intermittent fasting plan for the last couple of months and I am looking forward to getting back into working out regularly with my buddy Jon. 
 
            Physical health is important.  There is something more important than physical health however. 
 
            Two weeks ago, I started a three-part series on how to be spiritually healthy.  We looked at a verse in 1 Timothy where Paul tells his young protégé, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
 
            I introduced three things that are essential to being a spiritually healthy person.
 
            Here is what they are:
 

  • Stop doing what hurts our spiritual health.
  • Continue doing what builds our spiritual health
  • Rely on the work of Christ in our lives through the Holy Spirit 

 
          I talked about the first two things over the last two weekly emails, so, let’s conclude today by talking about the third thing.
 
            We must rely on the work of Christ in our lives through the Holy Spirit. 
 
            Philippians 1 says, “He who began the good work in you will carry it on to completion.”  Galatians 3 says, “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?”  And Colossians 2 says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him.”
 
            There are so many other verses to choose from, but these three make it very clear that it is Christ who does the work of building us into spiritually healthy people.  Our main role is to keep in step with Him, to partner with Him, to obey Him so that He is free to have His way in our lives.
 
            Again, in Philippians, Paul says, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”
 
            So, is it God who works in us or we who work out our salvation?  The answer is a beautiful YES!  God will work in us, and He graciously invites us to participate with Him in that work.
 
            We may not be champion athletes but, along with Paul, we “press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
 
            Let’s live the healthiest spiritual lives we can live so that we can enjoy all that Jesus wants us to in this life to the full that He offers.
 
            This weekend, Pastor Jim will be teaching on Jesus’ sixth I AM statement.  He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life!”  Such a bold statement.  It was crazy or dishonest if false, but absolutely astounding if true. 
 
            I hope you all have a great weekend.
 
            I love being your pastor.
 
Pastor Tim