Maintenance – Actions performed to keep some machine or system functioning or in service. To keep up; to preserve.
How are you doing in the maintenance department? Are you keeping up on your home obligations, car, teeth, health, yard…how about spiritual maintenance?
I think it’s fair to say, most of us clean our houses, wash our cars, brush our teeth and have regular dental check-ups. We see our doctor to make sure our bodies are functioning properly, we mow are yards to keep them looking nice and keep the neighbors happy. So honestly…how are you doing… when it comes to feeding yourself spiritually?
We know what happens if we neglect our housework; laundry starts to pile up, floors get dirty, furniture needs dusting, and windows need washing.
If we neglect our cars; well…you won’t get far on fumes. Fail to put oil or transmission fluid in, you will be replacing an engine or a transmission. A radiator without water or Antifreeze is not a good thing either; or an air conditioner without Freon. Bad brakes….bald tires…No…No…No!!!
Same thing with your teeth, are you going to ignore that toothache, let all your teeth rot out of your mouth. If you break a bone…are you going to visit the doctor or just live with the pain and hope everything is going to be all right? Again…No…No…No!!!
I know if I quit eating, at some point I will die. It might take a while as I am “well padded.” 🙂 I always tell Larry if we get stranded on a desert island, I will last the longest because I have “reserves.” Or if I only eat one tablespoon of food each day, I will start deteriorating because I won’t be properly nourished. The same thing applies to feeding myself spiritually. If I neglect feeding on the Word, I will not mature, I’ll remain a baby. If I neglect it long enough I will perish.
Where are you with your spiritual maintenance plan? Are you “walking the walk” or just “talking the talk”? Do you read your bible daily? Are you just reading it or are you searching it, desiring to truly find God’s will for you?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matt 5:6
It took me years of discipline to begin reading my bible everyday. I’m thankful I persevered, as now I truly love being in the word and I love my “light bulb” moments. You know…you read something you’ve read a thousand times and you finally grasp it. Those are precious and exciting times for me. If I don’t know what God expects from me, how he expects me to live, then I will likely be doing many things I shouldn’t. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Ps 119:11
By neglecting our spiritual life we lose out on many blessings and promises. To be well ‘maintained’ we must remain faithful. When we fail to pray, to assemble together, or to encourage each other, we miss out on growth. We lose our way, because our priorities are out of order.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Cor 4:2-3
I shall bring my rambling to an end and leave you with another nugget of truth.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:18-20