Stretching Our Faith

StretchingI try to work out almost every day of the week except Sunday, but find myself dreading the same workout day every week – Wednesday. I balance my workouts to include arms, cardio, legs, etc. but Wednesday is my yoga or stretching/flexibility day, depending on the week, and it just doesn’t compare. I don’t feel the same satisfaction afterwards and don’t feel sore or like any real strengthening is happening which leads me to dislike the so-called workout. Yet, any good athlete, trainer, or coach can articulate the importance of yoga, stretching, or similar “off” days and so I push through trusting that it is truly helping.

A similar thing can be said about our faith. It’s important to be a part of the great commission in some way, shape, or form – to go into the world and make disciples of all nations. It’s an amazing feeling when we can take part in an international, national, or local mission. We can feel God working at retreats, conferences, and similar experiences. The problem is, the sensation from these events can cause us to feel like our own devotional lives aren’t good enough. We may not feel God working in them the same way, so clearly they don’t serve as good of a purpose and it doesn’t matter if we have daily prayers, devotion, or God time.

However, if we recall from Rally Day 2015 – our theme verses were Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (NIV)” 

Similarly, Galatians 5:16 reads, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (NIV)”

While mission trips, conferences, retreats, and other events are fabulous experiences, they aren’t our every-day realities, nor should they be, yet we are called to “continue” and “walk” in our lives with Him which we know is a daily process. Just because we don’t feel God working, doesn’t mean He isn’t. In fact, limiting God to our feelings, can be very dangerous, because God is much larger than our understanding, perception, and feelings of Him. By limiting Him in such ways, we are relying on ourselves instead of on His promises and the Spirit He has given us.

So, just like yoga, stretching, and flexibility help increase our range of motion, thus allowing further muscle development while decreasing our chances for injury; quiet time with God improves our relationship with Him and helps us to grow to be more like His Son – Jesus. It may not feel like your devotional time with God is working, but I assure you, it is – you just might not feel it. That is why it is crucial to have daily prayers, devotions, and even silent opportunities with God. We just have to trust He is working through us… and one day, we might see just how far God has stretched us from where we were.

May God continue to strengthen you to pursue Him every day.

Written By: Lindsey Duerr, DCE