“Spiritual Strength”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Spiritual Strength” 
Read: Ephesians 2:1-10

Years ago on “The Merv Griffin Show,” Merv had a guest on that was a body builder.  During the interview, Merv asked, “Why do you develop those particular muscles?”  The body builder simply continued to flex and show off his muscles as the audience applauded.  As Merv pressed him further he finally realized that the muscle man didn’t really have an answer to his question.  His incredible muscles were just for show.

Perhaps we need to consider our own spiritual exercises.  Why do we do them?  Why do we study the Bible, pray, read Christian books, listen to Christian radio, and so on?  Is it to look good, or is it to grow good?  As we begin a new year and try to develop better ways to grow spiritually, I hope our intent is to be made alive in Christ as Paul encourages us in this passage.

As it says in verses 9 and 10, there is no room for boasting in these things.  We are created in Christ to do good works, but ultimately we are God’s workmanship.  Anything we do to strengthen ourselves spiritually should be done for the sole purpose of growing in our relationship with Jesus and his purpose for our life.  And really the strength comes from Him anyway.

I truly believe that when we have this type of attitude about spiritual growth we will see grace, humility, and faith develop more fully in each of our lives.  These traits in turn will strengthen our ability to build God’s kingdom, and not simply improve our pose before an admiring audience.

If people notice your committment and your spiritual growth that is great, maybe it will encourage them to grow as well.  But be more concerned about where your relationship with Christ stands, that is what will be important in the end.

Make it personal:  Maybe this is a good time for all of us to ask the “Why” questions.  Why do I read my Bible? Why do I pray?  Why do I go to Church?  Is it truly to grow spiritually and gain strength from the Lord?  Or is it for other reasons?  May the Lord help all of us to be alive in Him and for Him alone.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church