Yesterday, my husband and I ran a 5K. I did not do a lot of running ahead of time to prepare for it. The last few times that I ran, I really struggled so it is no surprise that I struggled on the day of the run.
My legs felt like they were made of lead— it were so difficult to lift them. I was out of breath—my lungs felt like they were burning. My arms were uncomfortably tight and sore.
I think I struggled because my body is still out of shape. I have no abdominal muscles and I still have extra weight that I am “lugging around.” I know that if I continue to work out, though, my weak muscles will get stronger.
I thought about 1 Corinthians 12:12, 22-26,
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ… some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care… So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.
This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad…” (NLT)
I used to wonder why going to church was so important, now I realize that those who are new in their faith (or “weak”) will grow stronger because they will be around Christians that have been “working out” their faith. The stronger Christians will help the “weaker” Christians become strong—“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov 17:17, NIV).
I am hopeful that my ab muscles will become stronger as I continue to work out. My ab muscles can’t get strong on its own, it needs my other muscles to help strengthen it. In the same way, we need other Christians to strengthen us.
I hope you had an opportunity to be strengthened this Sunday; if not, then please find a place to work out your spiritual muscle starting next Sunday.