Spiritual Discipline

We were watching the world’s strongest men competition one time. Man oh man. Those guys are impressive. They do these crazy things like pull a fire truck, or drag a 400 pound chain. They pick up round stone balls and set them up on top of these high shelves.

This one guy was the best of the best. Mariusz Pudzianowski.

That year was his third time to win. Every two or three minutes they showed his commercial. Met-rx. He claims to have done one million sit-ups. Judging from his stomach. I wouldn’t argue with that estimate.

Suddenly I realized my problem. I want a stomach like that, but I don’t want to do all those sit-ups. Is there an easier way?

No. If you want to be the world’s strongest man you have to pay the price. And that means discipline.

I would love to have that kind of physical discipline, but I don’t. And that’s ok. I don’t need to be the world’s strongest man. We need to be fit. We need to take care of our bodies, but I don’t have to do a million sit-ups. My baby loves me without the six pack abs.

Paul says, “Why not invest in something much more permanent? Your spiritual discipline.”

(1 Corinthians 9:27) I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Of course he’s not talking about his physical body. He’s talking about spiritual discipline. Put the same energy into your spiritual health that Pudzianowski put into his physical health. Burn those spiritual calories by mastering the disciplines of the spiritual life.

Spend time in the Bible every morning.

Spend time in prayer. Hey, prayer changes things. I was walking the other night trying to discipline this body a bit more, and I was praying and thinking. I realized, “Every prayer I’ve ever prayed has been answered.”

Worship. Go to church somewhere. We’d love to have you at North Monroe, but go somewhere.

Spiritual disciplines.
If you do this you still won’t be the world’s strongest man or woman. But you will become a spiritual champion. And that’s what God’s after anyway.

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