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Spirituality in Action

sailing-shipFor this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV)

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labor in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” Spurgeon certainly understood the nature of man and one of his greatest struggles. All knowledge and talent is useless if one does not act upon it. Jesus said, “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35) Spirituality results in action.

Spirituality requires doing. Even doing little things are spiritually important if they are done for God. We are saved by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone. True faith is accompanied by the determination to honor God through our actions.

Consider a sailing ship upon a windless and calm sea. It has the ability to move quickly over the surface of the water by its sails. Without wind, however, the sails are useless. A Christian is much like a sailing ship when the sails are blown full by the wind. Having been filled with the wind of the Holy Spirit, he is ready to go forth. He must fulfill the purpose for which God made him.

Dear Christian, do you look back upon your life wishing you had done more for Christ. How heart-breaking it is when you look back upon the opportunities you have had to honor God and did not take action. Lord, forgive us.

Samuel at Gilgal

One Response

  1. Well said! We need to be mindful of past opportunities lost. But we also need to keep our eyes out for the present chances we have and act upon them.

    Then we have less to apologize for in the future!

    Steve Pejay


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