“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Building Spiritual Muscles
(Please read Ephesians 6:10)
Our text appears just before Paul’s description of spiritual armor – the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, and so on. It’s easy to visualize physical armor and get the picture of how well we can be prepared spiritually to fight in the Lord’s army.
But let’s think of another type of garb for the Christian. Think of worn, dirty gloves used in repairing a poor widow’s broken furnace. Of walking shoes worn thin by trips to deliver daily “meals on heels” to needy people. Of tiny needles in arthritic old hands busily piecing quilts for a destitute neighbor.
Think of hours spent and miles driven to take jobless folks to hiring interviews. Picture gangs of Christian men using their days off to move poor folks to better housing. Visualize others taking food to the homes of sick people, and visiting and praying while there.
We may feel sometimes that we wear our Christian armor best in the church building, when we’re sheltered with others of our own kind. But those other activities we’ve referred to may be the real front lines in our battle.
It’s true that strength comes partly from diet and freedom from disease, all of which we might ascribe to regular church attendance. But at least one other component is necessary for strength – exercise. And when you do the works we have mentioned in the name of the Lord, you’re getting exercise and bearing witness to the hope that is in Him.
When you do such things, rejoice in them, for God is at work in the world through you.