Exercise Your Brain
“Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually, and practice being a better Christian because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too” (TLB).
~1 Timothy 4:8
Our local newspaper recently printed an ad that said: “Exercise Your Brain...Read The Newspaper”.
There are all types of exercises for mental and physical workouts. For mental exercises there are all of the various books and newspapers to read; games to play; and puzzles to solve. There was an article recently telling of a celebrity paying to have “Waist Training” to reduce her waist size before her wedding. After various surgeries, there is physical therapy to rebuild the body. In today's society much emphasis is put on physical exercise, and it is inundated with ideas and suggestions regarding it.
C.R. Lawton stated: “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow”. Why not think about exercising your brain by growing by undertaking a daily habit of routine spiritual exercises? For God's people spiritual exercise is extremely important.
Paul, in 1 Timothy stated: “Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next” (NLT). What did he say? “Spiritual exercise” is more important?
Having a clear conscience is an important spiritual brain exercise. For example, in the Book of Acts, Luke stated: “Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself...to have a clear...conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men”.
In 1 Timothy, Paul gives to everyone a clue how to exercise your brain by keeping a clear conscience when he tells us to avoid arguments or waste time in endless speculation regarding myths and spiritual pedigrees. These types of conflicts do not help others live a life of faith in God, plus they keep you from doing the work that God has intended you to do. It also clouds your conscience.
Oswald Chambers stated: “I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive that I walk without offense. I should be living in such perfect sympathy with God's Son, that in every circumstance the spirit of my mind is renewed, and I make out at once what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.
John Henry Newman stated: “Growth is the only evidence of life”. When you are open to God, and you are exercising your brain to deepen your development of your spiritual muscles, you will continue to grow deeper in your faith. Then you will immediately produce godlier instances throughout your life, and you will reflect Him often to others with whom you associate.
Go...today...grow...exercise your brain to strengthen your spiritual muscles!
Lord God, thank You for illustrating through Your Word how important it is to exercise spiritually. By exercising our brain, help us to grow deeper in our faith. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington