Minister’s Forum: Remember spiritual maintenance
August 8, 2005
Have you ever thought about how much in and around our lives requires physical maintenance? First, let’s start with our cars – every so many miles we must do certain things to keep them running properly. You have looked at your owner’s manual, haven’t you? Our homes – clean this, clean that, replace this, etc. And what about our physical bodies? Yearly check-ups, blood work, etc. As we get older, these things become more important to us. Once again we must perform regular maintenance, or the result could be more problems down the road.
One area that we may overlook is spiritual maintenance. Yes, you read it right: spiritual. Meaning your relationship with God. Just like what I mentioned above, we are not on auto pilot in our walk with God. So, how can we keep proper maintenance with God? Here are some suggestions:
1. Pray – Stay in regular contact with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” How long since you talked with God?
2. Read His Word, the Bible. It contains our instructions for living in this world and how to prepare for eternity. Psalms 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Check to see if what is being taught is what the Bible says, Acts 17:11 “These were more fair-minded than these in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”.
3. Go to Church – it’s a great way to stay in touch with God and His Word. Find a church that believes and follows the Bible as God’s Word. Hebrews 10:25 “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.”
4. Schedule regular times to be alone with God. In this world we need the input of God. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.
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And finally: Don’t forget that most everything in this world requires maintenance.
– Jerry Foster is pastor at Calvary Chapel.