I ran the farthest today than I had ever ran before—8.25 miles. This was not an easy feat for me— I remember when I could barely run a mile. My training had not been very consistent in the past. I would run for a while and make some progress, but then I would slowly stop running.
It made me think about my Christian walk. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 19-years-old. Even though I had some periods of growth, I also had years of stagnation. Even though I had recommitted my life several years after professing Jesus, I went back to reading the Bible sporadically, praying occasionally, and going to church only on Sunday mornings.
It took a scary dream for me to realize that all those things (church services, regular Bible reading, and daily prayer) are a form of training for Christians. I need to read the Bible, pray, and go to church services on Sunday and Wednesday nights because they will help me to prepare for spiritual attacks.
The apostle Paul stresses to us, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm” (Ephesians 6:11-13, NLT).
Just like I have to keep up with my running in order to prepare for another race, I have to keep up with the things that make me a stronger Christian so that I can be spiritually prepared for any possible attacks. What about you—are you prepared?
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti