Over my recent holiday I was watching a set of teaching DVD’s and the guy asked an interesting question: “When last have you invested in and nutured your spirit, or done anything to grow your spirit?”
We spend a lot of time taking our bodies to the gym, to get fit, strong and healthy. We try to eat right, take vitamin suppliments and do a bunch of things to make sure we are physically healthy.
Then we go to church or listen to some Tony Robbins DVD sets and start working on our soul’s. We try to improve our attitude, cos that determines your altitude, didn’t you know? (Ha Ha).
We go to all sorts of seminars to get healing for emotional wounds of the past, sometimes we even have to take drugs to help us deal with emotional or mental health issues (been there!).
Then we start on the teaching. We read the bible every day. Brilliant. Then we go to a bible study during the week. Then on Sunday we go to church and hear another sermon, and if you are really spiritual you go back to church in the evening for more teaching. All of this targeting our mind and beliefs, we need to think right to be right.
“But how much of our so called christianity actually targets, builds up or nourishes our spirits?”
Everything above has only targeted either our bodies, or our souls, and I’m not saying that stuff is wrong, not at all. It is in fact good. However there is a third part to us, the breath of God is us that is sadly under-developed and which is in need of serious attention.
So here is something else to think about. Why is it that so many christians, even the committed kind that are faithfully at every meeting year in and year, are feeling unsatisfied with, bored and disconnected from a dynamic living relationship and expression of God.
I really think it has to do with our neglect of our spirits. And why is it that so many of our regular spiritual practices never do anything to grow our spirits?
I don’t know all the answers and this is something new I have just seen recently, like the last month, so I thought I would just put it on your radar and see how we can address this issue.
If we are going to live a lifestyle of worship and if we are going to have God living in the very center of our being, our spirits, so that He can touch every area of our lives, then we are really going to have to address these questions.
Any comments or questions?