Staying Spiritually Fit

Leonardo da Vinci’s contributions to art, science, and engineering established him as one of the great geniuses in history. Whether it be designing a flying machine or painting the Mona Lisa, his mind was alive, observant, and creative. He is credited with making this comment about maintaining mental sharpness: “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity …. even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind” (source).

It is also possible to become stagnant in our Christian life. This is what happened to the recipients of the book of Hebrews. The inspired author saw the symptoms, and knew the cure (Hebrews 5:12-14):

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

The word “exercised” in the above verse, is from the Greek “gumnazo” from which we get our word “gymnasium,” and relates to the idea of a disciplined workout. As Christians, we need to continually grow in Bible knowledge, so that we learn to choose the right path (2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 119:105).

Let’s work at exercising our minds to stay spiritually fit!

Beloved, let our prayer be, “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies” (Psalm 27:11 KJV).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets