Dear Church Family,

Obeying the Bible is like exercising. This might not be as shocking to you as suggesting that reading the Bible is like dieting, but it still may be a little uncomfortable to think about at first. The Bible commands us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22). That means reading or any other form of Bible intake is not enough. We must apply It to our lives.

For example, I might know all about running. I might have stickers on the back of my car with mileage from races. I might have the right shoes, shorts, and headband. I might watch shows about running. I might read books about famous runners. Chariots of Fire might be my favorite movie—but none of that means I am a runner. We can fill our minds and ears with Bible without growing as disciples. To be a growing disciple—something every Christian is called to be and not just some nonexistent class of spiritually elite—we must live in light of the Bible.

Exercising involves exertion. Exercising excludes inactivity. Our bodies may tell us to stop, but we know that ultimately what we are doing with our bodies will help our bodies. While we still live in our flesh, our bodies and sinful desires will scream and nag and whisper lies about obeying God’s Word. The Old Man doesn’t want to give up the ghost as it were. Just like Satan in the Garden, our flesh tells us God doesn’t really have our best interest in mind—that obedience to God’s Word will hurt us. But we know from God’s Word as well as our experience that nothing could be farther from the truth.

The path of obedience is exhausting in one sense, but exhilarating in another. We were made for this. We were made to thrive through obedience to God’s Word. Do you believe that? Better yet, does your life reveal that you believe that? Let’s thrive together by individually pursuing godliness.

1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27