Keeping Spiritually Fit
Whew! The workout is finally done. You are tired, but you feel exhilarated. As you cool down, you have a feeling of wellness and relaxation. Not only that, but just look at that muscle tone youre developing. It is definitely worth the effort!
This is true of a physical workout like an aerobics class, the finish of a race, or the end of a swimming workout. But it is also true of a spiritual workout. A what? Thats right a spiritual workout. It takes the discipline and effort of a physical workout, but has even better results strong spiritual muscles.
Here are a few exercises that can help keep you spiritually fit so that you can have an effective ministry at your high school.
But, what does it practically look like to serve students? It means being patient with them, driving an extra ten minutes to pick someone up, being willing to do the jobs that dont get noticed, being kind to someone you dont like. Basically, it is putting others before yourself. Its being willing to do whatever God asks you to do for His glory and not yours.
Anyone in Christian leadership can fall without encouraging support. You are now a leader. Could becoming disqualified from ministry happen to you? You betcha! But accountability is your safeguard. Find a trusted person who can ask you the tough questions and be honest with you. It involves submission, trust and risk, faithfulness, courage and fear of God.
Looking in the Mirror
"You cant do it!"
These are all lies! Satan wants to discourage every believer, but he especially wants to pull down those who are committed to serving God. How do you stand against his lies?
The key is knowing your identity in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come."
Satan would love for you to stay ignorant of your new identity. He knows this will keep you from living up to all that God has for you.
It would be just like a prince who was orphaned as a baby. He grew up with peasant parents, never knowing his true royal identity. But one day someone told him who he really was. A whole new world opened up for him. He claimed his inheritance and lived as the prince that he always was.
Many Christians live in spiritual poverty rather than who they really are children of the King! Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is His good, pleasing and perfect will."
This doesnt mean that you wont ever sin again, but it does mean that you are forgiven. Nothing you can do will change your identity. If the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, simply confess it, and thank God that He has forgiven you. If Satan condemns you, you can then stand in your true identity.
You are in for the ride of your life! Just remember who is really in charge. Never forget that the work belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.
So what is your part? This is simple. You just need to relax, to trust God and to be faithful to do whatever He shows you to do.