“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up….” –Ephesians 4:11-12
Lexi walks for thirty minutes three times a day—morning, noon, and night—and I play a half-hour of fetch with her in the evening before I make dinner. It’s important for dogs to get enough exercise, both to maintain a healthy weight (half the dogs in the U.S. are overweight) and to promote good behavior. A restless dog is a trouble-maker. Because Lexi’s weight is appropriate and she’s relaxed in the house, I trust that she’s getting enough exercise. Is our faith getting enough exercise? We Christians know that we are justified by faith, not works (Galatians 2:16), but we also know from our own experience that “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). When we’re not praying, worshipping, serving, and learning, we don’t feel close to God. These actions strengthen our faith and our hope. So we have to exercise our faith, give it a regular workout. It’s when we exercise our faith (do “work[out]s of service,” for example) that the body of Christ is built up. We must walk with God morning, noon, and night.
Dear God, Teach me to exercise my faith. Amen