I recently purchased a "Fitbit" for my wife, so she could track the amount of activity she does in a day. If you're like me you've seen these fitness trackers on every wrist or belt for sometime now as our culture continues to look for technology to enhance our lives. The device counts the number of steps she takes in a day, so goals can be established to increase that number over time. The theory is that if you walk, run, or step more you will increase your physical health enabling you to feel better and enjoy life!
I have to agree with this to some extent as did the Apostle Paul..."For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." I Timothy 4:8.
A Fitbit is a useful tool to measure our physical progress, but what if we traded in our Fitbits for a spiritual "Fitbit" one that tracked our time in the Word, Prayer, Fellowship, or Service? How would you be doing? Are you growing stronger, are your spiritual "steps" growing in number? How's your walk?
Again, Paul provides insight for us today..."See then the ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17.
We also see Paul's advice to the Colossians..."Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." Colossians 4:5-6
So, how's your walk going? What would your spiritual "Fitbit" indicate? As Christ followers we should be spiritually fit walking in this world in wisdom, redeeming the time we have here through understanding the will of the Lord and applying that understanding in our behaviors, or relationships, so that we might be fit for the things God has for us to accomplish. For some that's service in faraway places, remote jungles, for others it’s right here in Licking County.
So how about it? Are you investing in your spiritual fitness today? Read the Word, Pray, Fellowship, and Serve, this is God's will for each of us, so that we will be ready to "Walk Across the Room" when he prompts us. In Sunday School we'll be starting a new series about how you can make a difference as simply as walking across a room. Join us Sunday morning at 9:30am as we get fit at Bible Baptist Church.
-- Jack Kehl
Jack is a guest writer for Thursdays Thoughts and one of BBC’s Bible teachers.