Bible Devotions

Parallels

on September 21, 2007

parallel-roads-along-residential-area-ph121_017.jpg  Two roads before us.  

The Bible tells us everything exists for God to bring glory to Him.  Genesis 1:31 NKJV says “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”  All creation speaks of God and points back to Him.  Everything we see physically has an underlying purpose to guide people back to God. 

There are two vital principles to both the physical and the spiritual life.  Both sustaining and learning efforts must be present for an enjoyable, satisfying life to exist, whether physical or spiritual. 

For example, we must sustain our self physically with food, water and sleep, else we perish.  What happens when we don’t eat?  We get hungry, weak, and vulnerable to attack, as well as we might get sick and/or die.  Well, the same thing happens in our spiritual life when we don’t take in God’s Word.

How do we know we have a spiritual self?  When we become Christians by trusting Jesus Christ to save us, we are born again with a new spiritual dimension.  The old is gone and new has come, we are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

 Just as the physical body needs food, water, and sleep to survive, the spiritual body requires the same elements.  Food is Jesus Christ who is the bread of life (John 6:35).  God’s Word tells us about Jesus.  Luke 4:4 NKJV says “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”  Jesus Christ in Holy Spirit form is the living water springing up within us to everlasting life (John 7:10 and John 7:38).  Sleep or rather rest comes when we keep our mind steadfast on God because we trust Him (Isaiah 26:3 and Philippians 4:8-9).  

We also need to keep learning else we injure our self and others and/or perish.  Just like a young child must learn not to touch a boiling pot on the stove, else they get burned, we as children of God must learn not to touch or become involved with anything that would cause us or others to sin.   We also have to learn to walk by the Spirit.  We learn to speak the truth in love, just as we learn to love others as our self.  

How do we learn?  The same way we do physically.  In school we learn from our teacher.  In Spirit, we learn from the Holy Spirit as well as from Bible teachers and pastors.  We have role models to follow (apostles and saints from the Bible).  In school we might have a study group, and in Spirit we learn from other believers through fellowship.   

Both our physical and spiritual life depend on effort on our part to sustain and continue learning.   Are you neglecting your spiritual life?  There are grave consequences in doing so.  May this short devotion be just what you need to spark a renewed effort to sustaining and learning in your spiritual life.    

Lord help us have spiritual eyes to see You in everything.  May the world around us always keep pointing us back to You.  Help us continue to sustain our relationship with You.  Let us not grow weary in doing what You’ve called us to do.  In Jesus’ name Amen.    

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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