“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3 ESV)
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV)
A key to spiritual growth and transformation is to just show up every morning. What I mean by that is, the act of coming to God every morning in prayer, regardless of how we feel. Half the battle is won by just showing up. Spiritual practices like Bible reading, worship, and prayer are much like physical exercise. Sometimes we just don’t feel like going to the gym, but when we do, we always get something out of it. Muscle growth form weight lifting and spiritual growth both require resistance. We face resistance from unseen spiritual forces from the dark side, everyday. In prayer, the more we “show up” the stronger we get spiritually. And spiritually strong people have the strength to help others in need.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” (James 3:13-15 ESV)
Distractions hinder our pursuit of the knowledge of God and his overcoming power in our lives. Too much entertainment leads us into what is “earthly” in us. It causes us to lose focus on God and to stumble. It exposes us to the wisdom from below, and not to the wisdom from above. Our inner person must feed on things from above. If we feed our fleshly nature with worthless activities, we will grow docile, and spiritually weak.
The path to holy living or spiritual transformation is not the path of least resistance. It’s a path of seeking first the Kingdom of God and the spiritual warfare that goes with it. We live in a spiritually deceptive culture. Many look good on the outside but at some point we come to a place of being publicly exposed to one degree or another. If you are a high profile person your exposure is seen by all. When God allows a believer to be exposed for moral failure, it’s actually a gift to that person, and a warning to us all. It can be an opportunity to repent and allow the Holy Spirit to deal with the root sin issues in our lives. God desires his children to be transformed into the image of his Son. And if we belong to Him, we can expect to be disciplined for the purpose of spiritual transformation and growth.