Why a Spiritual Life?
When a house is being built, the first and most important thing to be completed is the foundation. Without a strong foundation the house will not stand for long. In this analogy, the foundation for a solid, happy, healthy life is a strong spiritual life.
Jesus teaches us this in Matthew 7:24-27, Parable of the Two Builders.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
If we do not lay the foundation of a strong spiritual life, in essence building our houses on sand, our efforts are wasted. With each new struggle we face, everything we have built up will be washed away. Literally, the rug will be pulled out from underneath of us.
However, if we build our lives on the foundation of His truth, learning to trust and obey Him, our homes are steady, strong and unshaken by circumstances. Not only do we build a solid foundation for this life, but are promised eternal life in the next.
Who is God?
During my health coach training, the importance of a spiritual life was highly stressed. However, it was never specified which “god” to follow. Sometimes God was referred to as Spirit, sometimes The Universe, and sometimes a Higher Power. It was exhausting to keep up with these different names, imagine how exhausting it would be to worship something ever changing.
But what if I told you about a God that never changes. The One True God. The God that is all knowing, everlasting, and loves you more than anything. And in the beginning, He created everything. From the sun and the moon to the creepy crawling things, and even you and me. And it was very good. (Genesis Chapter 1)
He also created a man named Adam and a woman named Eve. He created a beautiful garden for them to live in and take nourishment from. God instructed Adam and Eve to eat from any tree except for one. (Genesis Chapter 2)
But then something terrible happened. Satan entered the garden in the form of a serpent. He told Eve that if she ate from the tree that was off limits she would be like God. She would know everything that God knows. So she ate, and Adam did, too. (Genesis Chapter 3)
At this moment, sin entered the world. Sin is the rebellion against God, and it separates us from Him. It destines us to spend eternity in hell. The price of sin is death. Because of this act, before we were even born, we inherited sin.
God addressed Adam and Eve’s transgression. He cursed the serpent, but He did bring forth hope for man in the form of a Savior to crush Satan. (Genesis 3:15) God clothed Adam and Eve with garments of skin. (Genesis 3:21) A sacrifice was made to cover the shame of Adam and Eve. This is a foreshadowing of another sacrifice that would be made to redeem all sinners.
There is good news, and his name is Jesus. He was born of the Virgin Mary. God became a man. Jesus was sinless. Perfect. He had one mission and that was to seek and save the lost. During His time on earth, Jesus hung out with the worst offenders. No one is too sinful to come to Jesus.
Remember the foreshadow that was mentioned in Genesis 3:21? Well, that was Jesus. Our perfect, loving, kind, sinless Jesus came to this earth to take our punishment. To pay our price. His blood was shed so that our sins are forgiven and we can have eternal life with our One True God.
Jesus died on the cross to fulfill God’s promise of a savior. But the story doesn’t end there. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead. This is called The Resurrection. Jesus conquered sin and death, and he shares that with all who believe in Him.
We are saved by grace, through faith. This is a gift from God, nothing we could ever earn on our own. (Ephesians 2:8–9) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1). All we have to do to accept His precious gift is to believe that Jesus is our savior, to trust that His death on the cross was payment for our sins, and His resurrection is our guarantee for eternal life with Him.
Pretty amazing isn’t it. Do you want this for your life? Are you finding yourself apart from God and feeling lost, broken, lonely, unloved? Accept Jesus as your personal savior and have all of your sins forgiven. Not only will you receive eternal life, you will come to know a love so powerful, a hope so strong, and life so joyful. He’s made it as simple as can be for us. Tell Him you are sorry for your sin, thank Him for the price He paid, and ask Him to fill your heart.
And there’s plenty more where that came from. The Bible is filled with truths and promises that I cannot even begin to summarize here. The only way to draw closer to God and to fill yourself with His spirit is by spending time in His word every day.
Already a believer?
Maybe you are already a believer, but you have fallen away from your relationship with God. This is where I found myself when I was on the brink of a breakdown. I hadn’t been filling my spiritual cup with His words, His promises, and His truth. I was a lukewarm Christian, and that is as dangerous place to be.
Every night I sat awake in the rocking chair in Oliver’s room. I couldn’t sleep. I knew that if I closed my eyes Oliver would quit breathing. I thought by holding vigil every night, I would keep anything bad from happening to him. I was utterly exhausted.
One night, during my vigil, I was crying and praying. I was begging God for help. I was praying He would help me relax. Help me to essentially ‘let go and let God.’ I was telling God that I trusted Him with my precious baby, by my actions proved otherwise.
While I prayed this prayer, the words “show me your faith, you say you trust me, but show me your faith” flashed through my mind. I could tell God that I trusted Him, but until I truly believed that I am not in control, He is, and until I realized His plans are better than mine, I couldn’t show Him my faith.
My cup was empty. Had I been reading His word every day. Had I memorized his promises. Had I pursued Him with the fervor that He pursued me, this all would have been avoided.
The day I made radical changes, I was all in with Him. I sought counsel from my pastor, I started attending church again, I made the commitment to study His word daily, but most importantly I trusted Him with every bit of my life. And it has made all the difference.
Do you need to recommit yourself to God? Do you find your efforts lukewarm? Draw near to Him, he is waiting for you.