So, this past weekend our church put on its annual Easter production. This was the fifth year that we have performed our original play titled "It Is Finished". This was also the first year that I had the privilege of portraying the role of Jesus in the production. It was a responsibility that I did not take lightly.
As we were ramping up production and going through practices, I began making a joke with some of the people in the cast about how I didn't want to be, "Fat Jesus". I know I shared a few blogs ago about how my wife and I have been dieting and exercising but I am still no where near my goal weight and knowing that I would be shirtless for part of the Easter Production had me feeling a little self conscious. The only time I go shirtless in public is when we go swimming at the YMCA and at least then most of me is under water!
There was just something about the thought of being "exposed", so to speak, that gave me a little more drive to keep losing weight. It also made me think about my own spiritual condition. Our Heavenly Father knows everything. There is nothing about us that He does not see. When I really meditated on that it caused me to examine my heart a little closer. Was there any spiritual fat there that still needed to be dealt with? Was there anything that I still needed to lose even if I had become used to it being there?
You see, I had started getting physically healthy a while back but life hit me rather hard, lol. I started slacking and before I knew it I had gotten back into some unhealthy habits. I didn't fall completely off the health bandwagon but I did gain back some of the weight I had worked so hard to lose.
Taking on on the role of Jesus made me wonder if I had done the same thing spiritually. Had I allowed myself to slip back into some bad habits in my Christian walk? After all, God hasn't called us to a sprint but a marathon. The race we run doesn't end just because we reach a certain goal. Our race is run until the day we stand before our Lord and Savior.
I just want want to encourage everyone to take some time and examine your heart. Let Holy Spirit reveal to you those trouble spots in your heart that still need to be dealt with. I think all of us would feel a whole lot better if we dropped another 10 spiritual pounds!
As for me, I feel as though I came out of our Easter production both physically and spiritually healthier than I went in. And, the Lord willing, I will become even healthier in the weeks and months to come.
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Phillip Reed is the Associate Pastor of Faith Chapel Ministries. His passion is to reconcile the lost to their Heavenly Father.