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01/12/2010

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Growing Through Going


"Have nothing to do with Godless myths and wives tales; rather train yourselves to be Godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things" (1 Tim. 4: 7 & 8).

Have you ever watched to one of those late night infromercials on TV about exercise machines? You see a man or woman with a "sculpted body" working out on a machine. The clinching line to try to get you to buy one of their machines goes something like this; "You can have a body like this by just working out for 30 minutes, 3 times a week....RIGHT!!!!!! They got that body working out for that amount of time!! It is easy to see that all logic is being defied here. Athletes who are trying to get better at what they do spend countless hours getting their bodies in the best condition possible. How many hours must a Christian spend to become more spiritually fit? If we can see the logic involved exercising a lot to get fit, are we able to get the spiritual angle?

Personal Bible study, prayer and meditation are extremely important to each of us as far as our growth is concerned. It cannot be minimized. Did you ever stop to think why God wanted there to be churches? There is great value in being with other Christians in a formal worship and study setting. If personal study, prayer and meditation will help us to mature spiritually, it stands to reason those same things will help us in the same way when we are together. Whether I prepare for a Bible class as a teacher or student, I am learning more of God's Word. When we share what we have learned with others, and they share with us, we have a greater chance to learn more about God and what He expects of us.

When we partake of the Lord's Supper on His day, it is certainly a personal act of worship. But is that all it is? In Acts 20:7, the apostle Paul says this; "On the first day of the week we came together to break bread." The Lord's Supper had been commanded. (Luke 22:19) One of the express reasons for their gathering, (church) was to partake of the Lord's Supper....Together....

So....."How often do I have to come?" If we need to ask we have missed the point. God, in Old Testament sacrifice, wanted only the best. Today He expects no different. In just doesn't make sense to do the least I can do to be saved. He expects our best, and that can certainly be enhanced by being together with those who share our goals. If we want that "sculpted " spiritual body, we need to work out as often as possible.

Have a wonderful day....Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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