Christian, perhaps you are one of the hordes of people who have hit the new year full bore with a new diet or workout routine. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But even as you dutifully try to get your body in better condition, consider a word from A.W. Tozer about your spiritual condition. In a chapter entitled We Must Have Better Christians, which is a part of his book, Of God & Men, he writes:
What is forgotten is that a Christian is a born-one, an embodiment of growing life, and as such may be retarded, stunted, undernourished, or injured very much as any other organism.
I ask you, Christian, how is your spiritual condition heading into this new year? How is your prayer life? How is your Bible study? How is your church attendance? How is your giving? How is your witnessing? How is your personal testimony in regards to holy conduct? How is your service to others? These are important questions.
Remember that the Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:8:
For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Please understand that I’m not trying to deminish the “little” that bodily exercise profits. Many of us need that “little”! All I’m doing is offering a simple reminder that your spiritual condition is more important than your physical condition. This is something we forget too often in a world that is obsessed with outward appearances.