Aug/Sep 17

 

Dear Friends,

Looking through newspapers and magazines reveal recurring themes of which one centres on health.  How are we?  Do we consume too much salt or sugar? Are we eating freshly prepared food or processed food?  Yet even with these questions, there are too many people who reject even the simplest forms of exercise.

Checking that someone is in good order is an important aspect for anyone connected with the medical profession.  We can extend that further, however, and see how anyone in management should play a role in checking others whilst also submitting to a similar process themselves.  And you have guessed by now that it is even mentioned in the Bible though, in this case, the emphasis is about spiritual health.  Saint Paul checked that his friend and fellow pastor, Timothy, was in good spiritual health so that Good News would reach far and wide wherever Timothy went.  Have a look at these verses from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 6-10:

If you give these instructions to the believers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, as you feed yourself spiritually on the words of faith and of the true teaching which you have followed.  But keep away from those godless legends, which are not worth telling. Keep yourself in training for a godly life.  Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future.  This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed.  We struggle and work hard, because we have placed our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all and especially of those who believe.

Paul wants Timothy to be “a good servant of Christ Jesus” because he wants his helper to be fit for the tasks required of him.  We know that we are not going to be healthy if we consume junk food all the time so, in much the same way, Timothy would be spiritually unhealthy if he succumbed to “godless legends”.  There is no room for ridiculous folklore such as horoscopes which are a form of agnosticism that mislead people.  Useless pursuits simply waste time that could be better spent serving the spiritual needs of others.

When Paul went on to speak about spiritual exercise, he knew that just as an athlete must train regularly, so fellow Christians must worship frequently in their homes during the week and, of course, worship together each Sunday.  A passing acquaintance with occasional Sundays spent in church does not lead to a healthy spiritual existence. 

Taking up regular training may be hard at first but it soon becomes thoroughly enjoyable and, let’s face it, the benefits are eternal!

 

Your Minister and friend,

John


 

 

 


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