I’ve been going to the gym and working out for many years. I put a lot of time and a lot of attention into physical exercise. But I don’t put nearly enough energy into my spiritual exercise. What I’m trying to say is I’m afraid my faith muscles are not as strong as they should be.
There is no spiritual superman
When I read Hebrews 11 I am blown away by the extraordinary faith of very ordinary people. I read about a prostitute who believed in God and saved her entire family. There’s the story of a man who left everything he owned and followed God into the desert not knowing where he was being led. There are stories of men and women whose lives were miraculously spared, and stories of others who joyously gave their life in exchange for their faith.
I’ll be honest, when I read Hebrews 11 I feel like a weakling. I feel like my faith in Jesus should be an example for the rest of the world to aspire to. When I remember that these are ordinary people exercising extraordinary faith in Hebrews 11 I feel like it’s time for me to hit the gym and exercise that faith muscle.
Time to hit the gym
Faith only gets stronger as it is being exercised. Therefore, you and I will never be strong spiritually without dedicated effort to rely on Jesus more. We all need to exercise the faith muscle. We all need to put more trust in Jesus and less trust in our circumstances or ourselves.
If you want to have a Hebrews 11 type of fame- you’re going to need a Hebrews 11 type of faith.