Every gym has a Hulk Hogan.
Hulk, the gym rat, inspires people by their presence in the gym. The gym is full of people with like passions? Everyone in the gym desires to change their body or add strength and stamina. There is a draw to the places where you can have a shared experience.
Is spirituality similar? Yes. We hang together as believers because we inspire one another. Again, when we gather as believers, we call that “church.” Is church religious? Not to the genuine Jesus follower. Attending church is a shared experience around Jesus with friends and other followers. The gym person sows to his body and reaps the benefit of increased muscle growth and muscle memory. Is spiritual growth different? Not really.
When you consistently sow to your spirit, you reap the benefits of spiritual reps, just like the gym rat. Our spirit grows through scripture reps, worship reps, and consistently hanging out with people of like passions. The non-religious spiritual Hulk Hogan is also an inspiration to others. A non-religious church experience is also inspiring. The spiritual Hulk Hogan develops muscle memory by loving others, serving others, and worshiping God with their heart, mind, and strength.
The believer has the opportunity to develop muscle memory in scripture memorization, prayer, worship, and giving. Our spiritual muscles grow in the church environment like the gym rat grows in the fitness center.
“Those who live only to satisfy their sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit” (Galatians 6:8, NLT).
How do you develop spiritual muscles?
- Accepting Christ as Savior
- Living as a new creation in Christ
- Connect to God through reading scripture
- Attending a local church
- Becoming a disciple of Jesus
- Engage God through quiet times and meditation
- Engage with other believers in lifestyle
- Serve in the church body
- Share your wealth for God’s purpose
Everyone knows we make greater gains in the gym by having a coach.
Coaches bring out the best in you. Spiritual coaching is no different.
We seek after coaches in other fields and call it learning. We seek spiritual coaching and call it religion. We imitate great orators, teachers, artists, and actors and call that coaching. Why is learning from biblical characters any less important or relevant?
Actually, having a spiritual coach is far more important than having a fitness coach.
The Bible tells us:
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 Timothy 4:18, NIV)
Godliness has value in this life and the life to come. What? So the spiritual gym rat gets the best of both worlds.
Have you noticed the gym rat that never gains muscle? Are they posing in the gym, making poor food choices, or their workout is only a switch bait for a poor diet? Some Christians are similar. They never seem to spiritually grow because they make poor choices to nourish their soul, they are Christian posers, or their church experience is a switch bait for their life. The result is a failure to grow as a believer.
Spiritual growth is not a maintenance program; it is progressive. Everything alive is growing. And that includes people. God has given us life, and every day we have the opportunity to grow — physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
Conforming to the image of Christ is a top priority and God has given us all we need to grow and to change.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (II Peter 1:2–3, NKJV)
Notice that God has given us His divine power through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
And these promises lead us to experience spiritual growth and life-change.
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