Lazy or Fit in Your Christian Life?
Except for elite athletes, most of us probably utilize only a small fraction of our physical strength and endurance. It’s not until we really push ourselves that we discover our true capabilities. It can take drastic measures like training for a 10-K or marathon race, joining Cross-Fit, or enlisting a personal trainer before we realize just how much untapped ability resides in us.
There is a totally different kind of strength that emerges in life-and-death situations. It surfaces when we need emergency strength, speed, or stamina to escape danger or rescue someone else from imminent danger. That type of survival strength seems to come from somewhere outside of us, and shocks us with its power.
My Christian life has had seasons of ease in which I have become lazy in my walk with the Lord. But in times of hardship, loss, or danger, strength I never knew I had has emerged, and helped me keep going through the tough times. Now that I have been a Christian for nearly five decades, I have learned that the Lord will give me strength that is greater than anything I face. I just have to keep going, and refuse to give up. The strength will come as I need it.
Staying in Shape
The writer of Hebrews tells us to “strip off every unnecessary weight so that we can run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1, AMP). Life is sometimes easy, like short, mild jog on flat ground. Other times, life feels like a brutal, 100 mile ultra-marathon through a blistering desert. Either way, with Christ beside us, we can find stamina to keep taking the next step. Remember, we are indeed running for our lives! As Peter tells us, there is a roaring lion chasing us down and trying to kill us (1 Peter 5:8). So keep going, and let the Lord’s strength carry you through the tough times. You’ll be surprised at how much you will be able to withstand, and how strong you will become.
Melody Rossi is the Executive Director of Cloud & Fire, a Christian ministry to at-risk youth.