Working out is never easy…

Read your Bible and pray.

It’s kind of the ‘Sunday School’ answer to living a more Christ-like life, to harvest a few of those spiritual fruits we all want to see in our lives—“…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control…” And it sounds so simple! But we’re so horrible at it. How is that possible?! We say we love God. We say we follow Jesus… But it’s all a lot of us can do just to crawl out of bed and go to church on Sunday morning, right?

Read your Bible and pray.

What if we actually did that? What if we actually took 1Timothy 4:7 at it’s word. (For the record it says, “Have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”) What would happen in your life if you actually trained, exercised, disciplined, yourself to be more like Jesus? I wonder…

Read your Bible and pray.

We all want to draw closer to God, right? (You sort of have to say yes to that.) And the ol’ “read and pray” thing isn’t exactly getting it done as advertised, right? (Admit it, the answer is yes here too, at least for most of us.) So why not try something different? “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness,” the Bible says. And certainly reading the Bible and praying fall under the heading of Spiritual Disciplines, but what about all the other spiritual disciplines we routinely ignore? Like meditating on scripture. Memorizing scripture. Listening to it on your iPod. Studying it. What about journaling about it? Or fasting? Or evangelism?

Listen, when it comes to nutrition and exercise of the body, there’s a near endless supply of options available, and many of the best ones incorporate a variety of stretches, exercises and diets. People go nuts developing training plans for their personal benefit. And the same thing is possible spiritually! We just tend to be more ignorant of it.

For the sake of space, I’m going to stop here, but there are TONS of good resources for all the spiritual disciplines I mentioned above available for FREE on-line. So take some time this week and learn a little bit about them. Put together a spiritual workout plan, and “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”

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