Losing Spiritual Muscle
When we don*t eat enough protein we starve our muscles and they get smaller and weaker. When we don*t exercise them they atrophy and get smaller and weaker. There are similar things that weaken us as Christians. One is not reading the Bible which is spiritual food. The other is not serving God regularly which is spiritual exercise.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Acts 24:16: And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
1 Timothy 4:7: But refuse profane and old wives* fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
Do we study our Bible every Day? Do we serve the Lord every day? I would suggest that the first thing we ought to do each day is to ask the Lord what He wants us to do this day. It would be wise to ask Him that same question repeatedly throughout the day.
2 Peter 3:17-18: Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
We commit sins altogether too often that cause us to fall from our steadfastness and hinder our growth in grace. Sometimes our Christian walk is like two steps forward and one step back. At other times it seems like one step forward and two steps back. Walking backward is not good exercise for Christians. We ought not to make that a habit. We ought not to strengthen those muscles. Why not make all of our steps forward?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Genesis 41:4: The illfavoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven wellfavoured and fat kine.