I just got back from working out at the Wellness Center, (Yes, I do that. I am an amazingly toned machine. *snicker*) and I was thinking. (I must have gotten some blood flow to the brain.) Sometimes it feels really good to sweat; to push the body to its limits of endurance; to make it work, really work; to feel the heart pounding and the muscles doing what they were designed to do. Of course, at the beginning it doesn't feel good. One has to push past the initial bodily whining that occurs. Maybe it's just my body, but it is a great one for initial whining...kicking and screaming actually (which is why for so many years I didn't exercise). Anyway, once the body realizes that it's not going to get its way, it settles down and gets to work. After a while, it realizes that, wow this really does feel good! This is what I was made to do! And its endurance increases. It actually releases some endorphins, and one feels that natural "high" that our bodies are capable of producing.
"So," you say, "thanks so much for the lesson on endorphins. May I go now?" Not quite. I was thinking that maybe our physical bodies are analogous to our spiritual bodies. How often I kick and scream when I am pushed to the limits of my comfort zone spiritually. When I bring my body under subjection, as the Apostle Paul talks about, it has physical benefits (and spiritual ones as well). But how much more my spiritual body, when it is daily subjected to the leadership and disciplining of the Holy Spirit? How often those edges of my comfort zone become doorways of exciting ministry opportunities; venues for me to discover what my spiritual body was designed to do. How will I know what I am capable of, through Christ, if I coddle my spiritual body and allow it to become spiritually fat and lazy? How much more effective can I become if I allow the Holy Spirit to push me to the edges; to tone and discipline my spirit; to keep me sweating honest, spiritual sweat?