Stagnate spirituality. We’ve all experienced it, the routine, boring, un-inspiring repetition of spiritual action-steps. This is the side of spirituality that I truly disdain and want to have less of in my life! How about you?
Well, this morning I discovered the key! I discovered how to stay spiritually fresh and avoid the spiritual blahs!
Here’s the secret:
[God] will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. (Hebrews 6:10-12 NLT)
Loving others is the key to freshness!
Have you ever felt “blah” and then, for whatever reason, you ended up helping someone? Didn’t that action lift your spirits?
I’ll always remember the time (pre-Christ) I was coming home from a long day’s work. I was tired, after carrying bricks all day, and I was stoned out of my mind. I was depressed because I was a loser (stoned, alone, driving a 1980’s Plymouth Horizon, and with no promise of anything better coming around the corner).
I remember coming to a four-way stop and there was a lady selling roses.
You could tell that she was “working hard to make a living.” Her car was old and it was obvious that life had not been good to her.
In a moment of uncharacteristic kindness, I stopped, purchased a rose and then handed it to her.
I told her, “I appreciate how hard you’re working. All day, every day people buy roses from you to give to someone else. Today I want to give you a rose and tell you how special you are.”
She broke down and started telling me how she was a single mom trying to raise her children; her neighbors were “druggies” and she was trying to generate enough income to move her family to a better environment.
After listening to her story, I got back in my Plymouth Horizon and drove away.
I’ll never forget how good and fulfilled I felt, even in my stoned, totally self-absorbed state of mind! I lived a long time on that feeling of goodness.
The Bible says that when we care for others we “will not become spiritually dull and indifferent.” It’s true!
If I experienced fulfillment through my act of service without Christ, imagine how much more fulfillment we experience when we serve others with the selfless love of Jesus!
Feeling indifferent and spiritually dry today? How about serving someone? How about sharing love with someone today who cannot repay? Go and love!