I was reading Disciplines of a godly woman this morning and this verse was the opener for the first chapter and it really struck me. You see, ever since after HSC finished I told myself that I would try to do roughly 30min-1 hour exercise a day to get my fitness back on track. Now I am not saying that this is wrong at all but I think I really need to take a step back and judge if I am putting that much effort and commitment in training in godliness and strengthening my faith.
Another one of aims after HSC was to spend much more time with God and reading theology. I have definitely improved but if I compare it to other things in my life, I am not as committed and excited by it. This is wrong! It should be the number one priority in my day and should take up much more than a lousy 10 or 20 minutes!
Take for example yesterday. I woke up, went straight to work then got home at about 4:30. This gives me roughly an hour before I had to head off for church. I hadn’t read my bible yet or spent quality time with God. I get home and go for a jog because I know its the only time I will be able to exercise that day. But what about reading my bible? Where will that fit in? I wish I could say I may have done it when I got home but there is a 99% chance I would have fallen asleep. Even though I may have gone to church and listened to a great sermon does not mean I don’t also need to spend some personal time with God.
We are called to be constantly transforming ourselves to be more like christ. This is something much more valuable then being fit or looking good.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” - 2 Corinthians 4:16
We can’t expect to have a strong, deep relationship with God if we don’t work hard at it. Prayer and reading his word are like spiritual food, we can’t neglect them or only have them on occasion.
Through Jesus we are transformed. A verse that I love which was also in the sermon at church last night is Ephesians 4:22- 24. It says ” You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on your new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Be thankful that God has given us new life! Don’t revert back to our old selves which are so full of sin and are in no way helpful to our relationship with God. So if your reading this remember to “Train yourselves to be Godly”! Evaluate the time you spend on Facebook or Tumblr daily. Does it compare with your time spent with God?
Thank God that we are saved by grace and it is nothing that we can ever do!! Because lets face it, were pretty pathetic.
This was a lot longer than I anticipated. It kind of just ended up being things that were running through my head at the moment. I could edit it but I really want to get back into my book. Kwa heri.