Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you and inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32 NIV
Seneca had her eight year check-up where all her vaccinations were renewed. Her rabies injection was administered as well as a variety of tests to make sure she is in tip-top condition. Turns out the veterinarian was not 100% happy with Seneca’s results.
One of the main concerns is Seneca’s weight. I never thought I would hear this out of a veterinarian’s mouth but Seneca is underweight. I was instructed to feel her spine under all the husky hair. Seneca is too skinny and was prescribed at least 1/3 cup more of food at each meal. She needs to put on a minimum of three pounds. No worries, Grandma can handle this assignment.
The cure to being underweight in the physical realm is eating more. The cure to being a lightweight in the spiritual realm is similar. To beef up our spiritual muscles, we need to exercise them. We need to ingest more of the word of God on a daily basis. A starvation diet is a no-no when it comes to prayer, bible reading and fellowship with God.
Acts 20:32 tells us that we are committed to God and the word of his grace. This word is able to build us up, sanctify us and give us an inheritance. Who wouldn’t want to digest more of God and his word daily with such rich benefits?
Nothing is gained by being a spiritual lightweight. Paul states in I Corinthians 9:26, “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” People play air guitars and make no music. If we are beating the air in spiritual training, we are not packing a wallop for the kingdom of God. Strength comes in training both physically and spiritually.
Seneca’s prescription is to add more food to her daily routine. As Christians, our solution is to add more of God’s word to our daily schedule. Instead of kingdom lightweights, we will be built up in Christ. Jude 1:20 tells us to build ourselves up in our most holy faith. I Thessalonians 5:11 instructs us, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” As we read the word and obey it, the results will be evident. No spiritual lightweights here!