I recently learned that in my new town of Hudsonville, 46.8% consider themselves spiritual. Only 17.8% find it important to regularly attend religious services. That tells me something. Many people think it is important to be spiritual. Many people think it’s important that spirituality is key in one’s life. Yet to live out that spirituality is something else. Action doesn’t match thought.
There is no need for the practice of one’s spirituality, right? If you’re spiritual then you’re good to go right? It’s good to be spiritual, right?
Yes, yes it is. It is important to be spiritual. It’s important to be connected to the spiritual aspects of life. It is important to be connected to the spirit. But we must understand to which spirit we must truly be connected to–the Holy Spirit. Other type of spirituality is, well, just talk. And now I’ve gotten some readers mad. How dare I question their spirituality. And I’m not.
Spirituality is important to us in our lives. We are whole beings–mind, body, and soul. In fact, CS Lewis says that you are not a body with a soul you are a soul with a body. You are more than the sum of your parts. We are spiritual beings. It is who we are. We are made in the image of God. And God is Spirit. And so, part of our make up, part of our DNA is being spiritual.
But if we’re just spiritual then we have a problem. If we’re just spiritual then we can get tossed in the waves of life, getting tossed back and forth. We can get moved around, defeated, self despondent because we’re not spiritual enough or that our spirituality isn’t helping.
I’ve been reading through 2 Timothy and came across this passage from Paul to his student Timothy
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT
Paul was spiritual. But more than that, he was connected to the Holy Spirit. He knew to whom he belonged. He knew he belonged to Jesus. And he knew he lived a fulfilled Spirit-filled life. And here, in writing his second letter to his student Timothy, he is facing death. And he is ready.
How many who are just spiritual can say that? I’m not sure many can. I urge you to be spiritual. I urge you to be connected to your spiritual side of life (this is Spiritual Musclehead–being strong in the faith). When we’re connected spiritual to the Holy Spirit by Jesus in the power of God, we can truly be spiritual. We can truly find peace in our spirit.
When we trust in God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can truly be spiritual. We can truly live a spirit-filled life.
Do you want to be spiritual? Do you want to live a strong spiritual life? Then allow the true Spirit, the Holy Spirit, be part of your life. And this can only happen through Jesus by the power of God.
Spirituality needs focus. Spirituality needs leading and guidance. Not a leaf tossed about in the wind, not sure where its going but knowing it’s going somewhere. Instead focus, with a laser like focus, on the Holy Spirit in your life and you will find true spirituality in your life.