Physical and Spiritual Fitness
Physical and Spiritual Fitness

Physical and Spiritual Fitness

Physical and Spiritual Fitness

It was another early morning in the early 2000s. A co-worker picked me up for our regular trip to the gym. Our goal was to get in our workout and get back home before most had fired up their coffee pots. In hindsight, we both would have been better off to get more sleep and workout later in the day.

Those mornings were all about slinging iron and building muscle, but over the years we also added some intentional spiritual encouragement by memorizing Scripture together. One passage that has stuck with me is Psalm 115:1-3. Let’s start with verse 1: “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” This verse reminded us that though we were in the gym giving our all, trying to get as strong and as lean as possible, driven by a desire to be good stewards of our lives, our ultimate goal was to bring greater glory to God, not ourselves. Not to us!

But now look at how verses 2 and 3 counterbalance personal responsibility with God’s sovereignty: “Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” Yes we strive and work to improve our lives so that God receives the glory, and we also trust that he is in control, that he does what is best, even if it’s not clear to us all the time.

Abiding Joy and Peace

Last Sunday we looked at how the Holy Spirit works in our lives to guide us through difficulties. This Sunday we will study John 16:16-33, a passage that builds on the verses quoted above. There we will see that even in the midst of the chaos of life, God is still in control and we can still find peace and joy. That’s hard to imagine at times. Maybe you’ve recently lost a loved one, or lost a job, or experienced declining health that has limited your ability to enjoy the things you used to enjoy. How can we move toward Christ in the midst of the loss and sorrow to find a greater measure of peace and joy? Seems impossible at times, but it is possible, in fact, it is through Christ that this can happen. And when it happens, people will notice, they will wonder, “How in the world are they holding it together through this? What is their source of peace and joy?”

God is working through Valley View to pour out his love and joy and peace throughout all of Southwest Louisville. I’m praying that God will continue to open doors for you to tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about the supernatural peace and love you’ve found in Christ!

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