The Importance of Spiritual training
THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL TRAINING
Phil 3:12-14 - I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of me. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What is our goal?
Jer 29:13 - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I Peter 1:3 - He has given us birth to a living hope.
So seeking Christ and looking forward to the living hope are our goals.
1 Peter 1:8-9 - Though you have not seen him, you love him. Even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls.
What if Jesus had not died for our sin, where would we have ended up? We would have been without any hope. Our goal is to live the life that God wants us to live and thus seek Jesus. And it is our living hope that one day, we will see the face of the Lord.
I Cor 9:24-25 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run in such a way so as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Our race is a race of faith. What is this training that is required of me?
After passing out from school, I was lazy. I neither studied nor played. After college, I needed a job. When I gave job interviews, I was not able to answer questions relating to my subjects. I realized that I needed training and I had to get out of my comfort zone. I taught myself to be a learner. In those days, although I read the bible, I was still lazy about my spiritual life. I had no goals for my spiritual life. I didn’t have any goal for my worldly life either. At about that time, I did my MCA just for the sake of getting some job and I also thought that after doing MCA and getting a job, there would be no need to study any further. I thought this was the end of my training. By God’s grace, I got a job, but after 3 years of working in the IT sector, I found out that I still needed to train and update myself because my juniors had better skills and more intelligence. I had to compete with them to hold my job.
Similarly, for your spiritual life also you need training.
1 Tim 4:7-8 - For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
We actually need to plan out our training. God wants us to be willing to work towards this goal. It involves stepping out of our comfort zone. Even in convention interviews at a job, the interviewers are looking for candidates who are willing to be trained. I am so blessed in my job because I have managers above me who believe in my capacity to learn.
Along with training in our corporate life, we need to lay equal or perhaps even greater importance for spiritual training.
So first and foremost, we have to be willing to be trained. The next step is to step out of our comfort zone.
Heb 12:12 - Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
What is the goal of your spiritual life? How much time do you think you have now? We may not have much time. Only a few thousands of days! If you were running a good race until now and suddenly you lost momentum, find out what is the reason for that.
Gal 5:7-8 - You were running a good race. Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
When I was saved, I was fully charged up. I wanted to do something for God because he saved my life. But then somewhere along the way, I lost the momentum. If it is the same case with you, find out what impediments you and remove it.
Heb 12:1 - Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Acts 20:24 - But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
We have to finish the race, the race that is set for us.
2 Tim 4:7-8 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
I should be careful and responsible to see that no one around me also should fall short of the glory.
The greatest weapon of Satan is discouragement. Every time you set your mind on doing something for God, to get trained up, he discourages you, and you end up doing something which you think you like, but not that which God wants from you.
Heb 12:1c - Let us run with endurance the race that is set for us.
To run itself is a sign of seriousness, because when you run you need fitness, speed and training.
Beloved, did you also notice in the verse, the race is already set for us! We should always check, “Where am I in the race? Am I in training or not? Am I fit to train someone in need? If not, where am I stuck? What can I do about it?”
I Tim 4.7 - Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather, train yourself for godliness, for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.