Are You in Shape Spiritually?

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Hebrews 5:14

Ponder This

Growth takes life, it takes time, it takes nourishment, and it takes discipline. Just as athletic training requires physical discipline, it takes spiritual discipline to be an “in-shape” Christian. The word in today’s verse for exercise is the word from which we get our word gymnasium. You know why we have so many out-of-shape Christians? Too many of us come down the aisle of the church, get baptized, then come Sunday after Sunday, sit, soak, and sour. We do not exercise. The way to avoid this is through exercise. Find something to do in the Church. There’s a place of service for you. You might say, “I can’t teach.” Maybe you can help on a youth sports team. Maybe you can help serve meals. Maybe you can help in the office. Maybe you can help in a small group or Sunday school class. Maybe you can help in a jail ministry. Begin to exercise and don’t just sit around. Get busy for the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • How have you experienced growth as you have served in your local church?
  • Where have you been content to sit back without exercising your spiritual muscles? What needs to change?

Practice This

Find somewhere to serve in your local church this week. Make a commitment to get involved in a particular ministry.