Spiritual Health

I know I am mostly posting about physical health here, but I’m also very passionate about my faith, and wanted to post an encouragement to everyone this Easter.  One thing I often think about is how often we try to “do better”.  This comes up a lot in the fitness arena.  “Stick to your workouts”, “Eat a better diet and stick to your nutrition plan”, “Try harder and lift more”.  Seeing as we do have a lot of control over how much we exercise and what we eat, I think it can be a natural tendency to try to “be a better person” when it comes to our spiritual lives.  You want to somehow earn God’s favor by doing good things, helping other people out, etc.

But the core message of Christianity basically says you can’t inherit eternal life by trying harder, doing good things, or being a “good person”.  The Gospel message is that Jesus came, being fully man and fully God, and willingly paid for your sins by dying on the cross (Good Friday).  But he overcame death and rose on the 3rd day (Easter Sunday).  The only way to inherit eternal life is through faith in Jesus and making him Lord of your life.  You can’t try to outweigh your bad deeds with the good things you do to try and earn favor with God.

Jesus was often ridiculed for spending time with tax collectors, prostitutes, and other sinners.  When asked about this, Jesus said, “It’s not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12).  He’s basically saying that it’s the people who realize they can’t earn favor with God that know they need a savior.  The self-righteous, or those that don’t think they need any help, think their good deeds are enough.

So on this Easter holiday, I want to encourage you to really think about why we celebrate – Jesus overcoming death and paying for our sins!  I’m grateful for this reminder, that in my spiritual life, I can’t be good enough or just try harder, I can only rely on the grace God shows me through his Son.

This is an interesting video I came across, where Tim Keller is asked to explain the Gospel.  Definitely worth 5 minutes of your time!

 

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