I want to begin by saying thanks to everyone for your support as I have been attempting to lose weight over these last 8 months or so. To date I have lost about 45 pounds with at least ten more to go. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been a really good thing for me to do for many reasons.
One of the more common questions I hear these days is, “How did you do it?” My answer: 1) Daily weigh-ins 2) Watch what I eat 3) Exercise more. Not that complicated, but it sure is hard! Life and old habits are always fighting against me to fail at one or more of my objectives.
We are always saved by grace through faith, not because of what we do, but because of what Jesus did for us. That is sometimes called our “justification.” But God’s work is not done. As his redeemed children, by the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, we change as people. We want to do His will, we grow in our faith, and we are ever being changed to be more and more like Jesus. This is sometime called our “sanctification.”
Sometimes I know I struggle with my sanctification. It is easy to get lazy! I don’t do what I’m supposed to do. I’m not eating enough of the right things. My faith is not getting enough exercise. I get out of the habits that help me stay spiritually healthy like daily devotions, weekly worship and Bible study. Are you like me?
So what do we do? I notice that maybe my answer to my physical changes is also a good model for spiritual health too:
1) Daily weigh-ins: This could be likened to daily repentance. I am holding myself accountable for what I have done. I am intentional about taking a look at my life and checking my progress.
2) Watch what I eat: What am I taking in? Am I taking in God’s Word, love and support from Christian friends, and God pleasing words and images? No more junk! You are what you eat.
3) Exercise more: Am I putting my faith in action? Am I in prayer, worship, and devotions? How is my stewardship of my time, talents and treasures? Am I serving others?
“For just as you once presented yourselves as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:19-23)
How is your spiritual health?
~ In Him,