Hey there, Happy Big Weekend! It’s Labor Day — so Hats-Off to the working stiffs (myself included): we’re the backbone of America (these days, more so than ever). By God’s grace, we have muscles, hands, and brains—to get the job done. In addition to earning wages for our survival, our labor contributes to the betterment of others.
But there’s more to us than these (wonderfully-made) bodies. Our bodies relate to the world, our soul relates to ourselves, and our spirit relates to God.
In His image, God made us spiritual. Because of sin our spirit died, but for those in Christ, through the Holy Spirit our spirit is made alive and unleashed.
“God breathed into Adam the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” He created our mind, will, emotions, and discernment. Sadly, sin has scarred our souls. Even a born-again Christian has a sin-scarred soul; but—GOOD NEWS! The scarring can be gradually peeled, through the Word of God:
~~~~~~ WORD: “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit…”
Some of today’s thoughts are from Tony Evans book The Promise. Regarding the body, he writes: “…you can’t fix your soul just by fixing your body, because the body only does what your soul tells it to do.”
~~~~~~ WORD: “I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
[?] Do we trust in the Savior, who makes the SPIRIT alive?
[?] Is our eternal SOUL being changed, being sanctified for eternity?
[?] Are we disciplining our BODIES to cooperate?
‘Pretty lofty stuff for a one-minute blog. But I just wanted to remind us—as we go about our labor—we do well to consider the whole enchilada.
Enjoy your BBQ.
And go ahead: shine a little.