Monday, July 28, 2008

Where Do If Fit In?

Fitting in is something we do all of our life. We try and fit in at school, at work, in the church, in our families and in the world. I spoke of a friend named Guy in church the other day. Guy was deeply committed to keeping in shape. He was a workout fiend. He was relentless in pushing his body to the extreme. He cross trained with swimming, running, biking, weights and any new workout he found. His diet was also something he watched every day. He never "skipped" a day on his diet. The health of his body was probably one of, if not the most, important thing in his life. In the body of Christ (the church) we need to work on our spiritual health too. But many of us neglect the spiritual health of our souls. We deny or ignore the nourishment we need because we are too busy, work or family gets in the way of our taking care of our spiritual life. We need a daily dose of spiritual nourishment, just like our bodies need food. The spiritual food in our lives can come in many different forms. Prayer and Bible study are two wonderful and easily accessible ways of nourishing our souls. If you ask Guy what would happen to his body if he only worked out or stayed on his diet ONE day a week, he would laugh. There is no way he could keep his body in top shape only working out, dieting and taking care of it one day a week. How about your spiritual health? Is one hour on Sunday morning good enough?

Discover your spiritual gifts to further the health of your soul--Serve God and Neighbor
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:7-10
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers . . . Ephesians 4:11
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:10-11

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