I worked a bit outside today. Filled pots with dirt and seeds. Sprayed weeds. Admired the daffodils. Now my body hurts. Funny how it didn’t bother me when I was working; just when I finally stopped and sat down. If I did nothing to this plot of ground I call a yard for long enough, nature would take over. Ever so slowly the weeds and trees would fill in the bare spots. Taming nature to produce flowers and fruit rather than weeds and thorns takes consistent, persistent work and brings pleasure. The pain comes only when you stop!
It is the same for our spiritual health. It takes work to stay focused on God and to remain in His will. Battling the flesh daily. Learning to surrender our will and obey His. Fleeing from temptation and staying accountable to others takes intentionality. It brings blessings. When we stop, it brings pain.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
The spiritual disciplines won’t bring you salvation; only Jesus can do that. But attempting to follow Jesus and growing in sanctification requires that we practice spiritual disciplines: prayer, scripture memorization, reading and studying our Bible daily, worshiping with the Body of Christ, serving others for the glory of God’s kingdom. Hard work to bear fruit.
I want the garden of my heart, mind and soul to be filled with beautiful flowers and sweet fruit for the Lord.
Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.