I have been going to the gym and I have been getting spiritual understanding from the physical activities there.
The last one I want to share is the fact that, at the gym, we do things that seem to make no sense, but there is a purpose behind it.
We pick things up...then put them back down in the exact same spot. Repeatedly.
We pull wires that raise black disks off the ground, only to return them to their original position.
We run, walk and bike but never move from the spot we started in.
We say we are building muscle but we leave the building in much the same way we came in.
This would seem almost insane to anyone who did not understand the long term purpose of exercise.
I wonder if people think the same thing about those of us who attend church, sing, clap, shout, read our bibles, pray and share our faith!
It must look ridiculous!
Why do we do it?
For much the same reason as physical exercise! We are building long term spiritual strength and health.
The activities themselves only serve the greater purpose of growth and development, otherwise, why bother?
When I go to the gym, I have a clear purpose.
It's NOT to look good, show off or meet people. (I often don't speak to anyone!)
I have a goal of physical development and health, building a strong heart and losing excess weight.
It's my hope that the people who are employed there and who have experience in physical health will share that wisdom with me when I ask, and encourage me to be better and excel!
I think if we understood the reasons why we do Christian activity it would go a long way towards putting more meaning and energy behind what we do, and in the end, the benefits will be evident, both to ourselves and those around us!