J.Lo & Jane Fonda
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
"If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you." – Jennifer Lopez
One of the things that I find the most refreshing about the Bible is the way it constantly challenges and changes me. To be honest, I also find that to be frustrating and somewhat annoying.
How can something be simultaneously refreshing, frustrating, and annoying? Simply put, my spirit is refreshed by God’s Word, but my flesh is frustrated and annoyed by it. Let me explain.
Before I came to saving faith in Christ, the Bible was nothing more than a dusty collection of sacred writings that I rarely if ever consulted. However, once I placed my faith and trust in Jesus, God’s Truth began leaping off the pages. Suddenly, it all made perfect sense as God’s Spirit enlightened and instructed my spirit.
And yet, my flesh wasn’t about to become an innocent bystander. Instead, it fought against the discipline of daily Bible reading and resisted the sometimes hard truths it contained. “What do you mean that I can’t lust, lie, or be lazy?” my flesh asked impertinently. “And who is God to tell me what to do and how to live my life?”
Denying oneself and taking up one’s cross are antithetical to our fleshly desires (see Matthew 16:24). But, in order for us to grow and mature as believers – and to be conformed to Christ’s image – those two steps are necessary (see Romans 12:1-2).
Jane Fonda, another Hollywood star once known for her workout videos, put it this way: “No pain, no gain.” I just wish J.Lo and Ms. Fonda would devote as much time and effort to nourishing their souls as they do their bodies. After all, bodies age and die, but souls live forever.
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President