Wednesday, January 8, 2014


It is not unusual for folks to embrace certain predictable resolutions with the beginning of a new calendar year.  Among those that impact  physical health are: eating right [less carbs, no seconds, more organic, less sugar], exercising regularly [more fitness machines and memberships are sold at this time of year than any other], to stop smoking/drinking and to get more sleep.  Among those that impact our mental health are: getting organized, spending less, saving more and protecting time with the family.  These disciplines are all worthy and would definitely elevate the quality of life that anyone could enjoy in 2014.  But, what about the priority of embracing behaviors/habits that will impact our spiritual health?

I Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Predictably, the greatest example of good daily spiritual disciplines is Jesus himself.  He made it a priority to attend public worship faithfully.  Scripture says “… on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.” [Luke 4:16] If Jesus felt the need for fellowship and scriptural instruction, how much more should we?  Several times in the Gospels we read that Jesus separated himself from others for solitary prayer, as in the Garden of Gethsemane.  We know that Peter’s summary of Jesus’ daily life was, “He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” [Acts 10:38]  As we embark on this new year, let’s think about the resolutions, disciplines and habits that have value for all things… the ones that hold promise for both the present life and the life to come… worship, fellowship, Bible study, prayer and serving others in Jesus’ name.

Pray with meOur Great God and Father in heaven, we pray today that throughout 2014 we would be careful how we live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.   We pray that we would not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is – and then to order our lives in ways that will honor You and bless us and others.  In the strong Name of Jesus we pray, amen.

Pastor Ken

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