6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.
The greatest lesson to learn in the spiritual world is the lesson that walking with God is a daily discipline. Planet Fitness is growing across the nation as a franchise because it is set up to make daily discipline less traumatic, expensive and stereotyped. People can go there on their schedule, with little cost and no one judging them. That is the way the church is called to be.
People that seek a relationship with God, need to understand that the relationship is ongoing. It is not a 1 and done scenario. Just like exercise only works if done consistently over time–walking with the Lord requires daily attention with time in the word and in prayer. Still, as we are learning that truth, it must be learned in a place that withholds judgement and gives encouragement. We, as the body of Christ, need to be the ones encouraging the daily walk with God and the spiritual discipline in our lives.
Paul made it clear that we cannot be the ones condemning folks for not checking the boxes. It is not about the boxes! It is about a daily discipline of simply seeking God, and training our spirits to humbly follow him. We are not expected to be perfect, we are simply expected to seek him daily. Thanks Lord, for remaining available daily and for welcoming our spiritual training without judgement or condemnation.
God Bless You
The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.