Why the muscles?
Why the muscles?
Once on the Merv Griffin Show, the guest was a body builder. During the interview, Merv asked, “Why do you develop those particular muscles?”
The body builder simple stepped forward and flexed a series of well-defined muscles form chest to calf. The audience applauded.
“What do yo use all those muscles for?” Merv asked. Again, the muscular specimen flexed and biceps and triceps sprouted to impressive proportions.
“But what do you use those muscles for?” Merv persisted.
The body builder was bewildered. He didn’t have an answer other than to display his well-developed frame.
Spiritual exercises — Bible study, prayer, reading Christian books, listening to Christian radio and tapes — are also for a purpose. They’re meant to strengthen our ability to build God’s kingdom, not simply to improve our pose before an admiring audience. These things are to equip us to serve the Lord.
James says a truly wise person does not boast of his wisdom, but is meek and not self-seeking. A wise person is a peacemaker. He has peace with God — he is teachable. His only aim is to serve.
Form the time we’re born, someone is directing us — training, teaching and guiding. We were born to serve the Lord. With the intelligence God gave us, knowledge is acquired, but that is not the stopping place. No matter how sharp a person’s mind is, all those “smarts” must be applied to life.
Most consumer items come with instructions or directions. Pick up a can of soup, a box of cake mix, a game or a toy, and somewhere in the package, you’ll find a list of rules to make that particular product do what it’s intended to do.
Not that the directions are followed or even read — unless there’s a problem and you have to admit you needed the instructions all along. But that is so humiliating (James, in the third chapter, verse 13, talks about wisdom and its importance. He’s not the first in the Bible — remember King Solomon? — but he states the premise in a most simple way: If you have it, it shows. Where: In the works that you do. A person is granted wisdom for a reason. It is for that one purpose — that we can serve and glorify the Lord.
He has peace with other people — relationships will improve.
And he has peace with himself. His heart is not filled with envy and strife and jealousy. He is secure in his relationship with God and with others.
“I will serve you because I love you; You have given life to me. I was nothing until you found me. You have given life to me.”
We were born to serve the Lord.
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