The Importance of Spiritual Training

“It’s okay to eat a donut every day as long as you spend time with Jesus.” These have probably been some of the most powerful words a pastor has EVER spoken to me.

Okay, Okay. Probably not the most powerful words EVER but I do like donuts. I also know that donuts don’t fall into the “healthy” category of foods (as my wife would say).

But…. I REALLY, REALLY LIKE DONUTS!

“It’s okay to eat a donut every day as long as you spend time with Jesus.” These have probably been some of the most powerful words a pastor has EVER spoken to me.

Okay, Okay. Probably not the most powerful words EVER but I do like donuts. I also know that donuts don’t fall into the “healthy” category of foods (as my wife would say).

But… I REALLY, REALLY LIKE DONUTS!

My wife tells me that I should do at least 100 pushups for every donut I eat and, as much as it pains me to say it, she’s probably right. She tries so hard every day to make sure that I eat the right things and she is always pushing me to go exercise.

I know I don’t do enough for my physical health, but I have begun to wonder lately about my spiritual health as well.

Do I spend enough of my time spiritually training myself?

There is so much that is available on T.V. and the internet that gets thrown at us every day. Exciting sports games, crazy reality shows, depressing news programs, Facebook, Twitter, and countless other things are constantly filling our minds with stuff that can, will and has distracted us from focusing on the almighty God.

We consume so much of these “spiritual donuts” that we cannot underestimate the importance of spiritual training. 

In 1st Timothy 4, Paul writes that spiritual training is more important than physical training.

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” | 1st Timothy 4:7-8

Consider this for just a second: What if you spent as much time making sure you’re spiritually healthy as you do making sure you’re physically healthy? Paul promises benefits in this life and in heaven.

So read and study your bible. Get on your knees, pray and seek God’s ultimate wisdom. Listen to podcasts of pastors sermons, listen to worship music, get involved in your local church, surround yourself with other believers who will challenge you in your spiritual training. Find something that you can begin to spiritually train yourself.

It really comes down to one thing.

How much TIME are you willing to spend on your spiritual training? 

Time is finite. There are only so many hours in a day. If you spend your time watching T.V. or stalking your friends of Facebook, then how much less time are you going to have to read your bible?

Basketball players spend every last second in the gym working on their shot. Guitar players constantly work on perfecting their art. Chefs are always in the kitchen practicing their best dishes.

So why do Christians struggle to find time to grow their relationship with God?

Let’s commit together to put down the donuts for our physical health, and to also commit to putting down the spiritual donuts to help our spiritual training as well.

My wife tells me that I should do at least 100 pushups for ever donut I eat and, as much as it pains me to say it, she’s probably right. She tries so hard every day to make sure that I eat the right things and she is always pushing me to go exercise.

I know I don’t do enough for my physical health, but I have begin to wonder lately about my spiritual health as well.

Do I spend enough of my time spiritually training myself?

There is so much that is available on T.V. and the internet that gets thrown at us every day.  Exciting sports games, crazy reality shows, depressing news programs, Facebook, Twitter, and countless other things are constantly filling our minds with stuff that can, will and has distracted us from focusing on the almighty God.

We consume so much of these “spiritual donuts” that we cannot underestimate the importance of spiritual training.  

In 1st Timothy 4, Paul writes that spiritual training is more important that physical training.

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” | 1st Timothy 4:7-8

Consider this for just a second: What if you spent as much time making sure you’re spiritually healthy as you do making sure you’re physically healthy? Paul promises benefits in this life and in heaven.

So read and study your bible. Get on your knees, pray and seek God’s ultimate wisdom. Listen to podcasts of pastors sermons, listen worship music, get involved in your local church, surround yourself with other believers who will challenge you in your spiritual training. Find something that you can begin to spiritually train yourself.

It really comes down to one thing.

How much TIME are you willing to spend on you spiritual training?

Time is finite. There is only so many hours in a day. If you spend your time watching T.V. or stalking your friends of Facebook, then how much less time are you going to have to read your bible?

Basketball players spend every last second in the gym working on their shot. Guitar players constantly work on perfecting their art. Chefs are always in the kitchen practicing their best dishes.

So why do Christians struggle to find time to grow their relationship with God?

Lets commit together to put down the donuts for our physical health, and to also commit to putting down the spiritual donuts to help our spiritual training as well.

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