by Pastor Mark Jordan

“God is strong, and he wants you strong.” (Ephesians 6:10b, MSG)

Great verse! It is one I’m holding on to as I work to recover my strength. To be strong like God wants me to be, I recognize it requires a holistic approach; i.e., mind, body, and spirit.

Do you like to learn? I do; in fact, I love it! I read every day, listen to podcasts, and enjoy documentaries. From the sacred to the secular, I strive every day to learn something new. But you know what? The more I learn, the more I am convinced that God is God of all.

I joined a gym back in the spring, trying to get my body strong. My broken wing, and the death of a close family member, pulled me away from my routine, but I find strength in returning. Yes, I’m a bit more tired and sore than usual, but I know that strength is building in my heart, lungs, muscles, connective tissue, and bones.

Is there anything inhibiting your growth spiritually? During my downtime (and I mean that in the most serious of senses), I maintained strength in my prayer and devotion life. It wasn’t easy, but I found tremendous help; yet, I still found a weakness in my spiritual life, which comes down to one of our primary roles as followers of Jesus: reconciliation. I fell out of fellowship with a friend, and held a major grudge. Through my weakness, I realized this was a major issue. As I spent time with God, I found conviction in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you” (MSG). Reconciliation became a major means of grace to help me draw closer to God and His purpose for my life.

God is strong, and wants you strong…in mind, body, and spirit, God wants you strong. What stands in the way? What do you need to learn? Where and/or how do you need to move? What is a spiritual roadblock keeping you from growth? Look at strength from a holistic point of view, and be strong, because when you are, you never know who you might inspire.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know you are strong, and want me to be strong, too. Help me to see this in a holistic way, so I might be of service to you and others. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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