Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Don't Exercise Only One Arm




In M. Night Shyamalan’s film “The Lady In The Water,” one of the characters exercises only one arm. Naturally, the one arm grows in strength while the other hangs limp in comparison. Often times as Christians we only, metaphorically speaking, exercise one arm. We either exercise our mental strength thereby feeding our intellectual desires or we exercise our spiritual strength feeding our supernatural hunger. Rarely is there a modern example of balance in this area. One is usually overtly strong in one area and sadly weak in the other. We need to remember that we need to exercise both aspects of our faith. The Apostle Paul was resolute in ability to share the Gospel engaging the culture of his time while at the same time being enabled by the Spirit of God to preach with power. He had to sow into intellectual knowledge and spiritual empowerment through God's enabling power in order to reap the ability to have such a dynamic ministry.

I often sow more into intellectual studies with my desire to be equipped in apologetics. However, if I neglect my spiritual needs in the process by not seeking after the fullness of the Kingdom of God by spending time with Him and nurturing my heart as well as my head, I will not have anything to offer. To truly give an answer to those who ask the reason for the hope that I have in Christ Jesus, I must rest on Christ and not on intellect. It is by Christ that I can know anything at all and if I forsake that relationship I have no hope to offer. All wisdom comes from Him and without Him all is foolishness.

Conversely, we cannot ignore our minds as Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30).

12 comments:

Claire said...

Well hi lovely one! I am intrigued...how did you find my blog? bless you so very much x

Trekin4JC said...

Hi, thank you. I think I was on Duncan and Kate Smith's blog page when I found you. They are ministers with TACF in Toronto.

Claire said...

well now I'm way intrigued...how did you find me from there?? Loving your blogs btw, God has really blessed with a gift to express the revelations He is imparting to you...blessings!

Trekin4JC said...

Thank you. My husband and I were on a healing ministry team that he trained for a conference.

Claire said...

Awesome!!! I work for Iris and am going back out to africa on monday in fact!

For fear of sounding a bore...seriously, how did you manage to find my blog? was there a link or something? I am glad you did tho :)

x

Trekin4JC said...

I just clicked on your comment on their blogspot and it took me to your blogspot. Have you done ministry with them? I am not familiar with Iris. That's awesome you are going to Africa. I've never been out of the states before. I want to travel to England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Trekin4JC said...

My husband just informed me that Iris is the Baker's ministry. So you work with Roland and Heidi Baker?

Claire said...

I do indeed :) I work for the harvest school (www.irismin.com) and am going out for our summer term in a few days. I havent ever worked with duncan and kate although i would love to, but they are friends of a friend and I have heard duncan speak. You should SO travel over here! Its the place to be ;) Seriously though, I am a true believer that everyone should travel internationally at least once, there is too much beautiful world to be seen not too!

Trekin4JC said...

That's awesome. My husband and I plan to travel one day. He (my husband) pastor's a local church we started about 8 months ago. I want to go tour Oxford one day. I love academia. We also will be doing missions trips one day as our church grows.

Claire said...

sounds awesome :)

randiss said...

I love this analogy. I struggle with the same problem. Often times I only exercise one aspect of my relationship with Christ (the mind), while forgetting about the heart. Both are necessary components of developing a healthy relationship with Christ and a healthy evangelism to others.

Would you care to link to eachother's blogs?

Trekin4JC said...

Randiss, I'd be happy to link the blogs. Thank you for your comment.