Posted By Matthew on March 6, 2014
Camp, retreats, and seminars are great for Christians. During these times, spiritual thought is evoked. People return after these times spiritually refreshed. Rarely, do you meet someone that is spiritually on fire consistently. There are times in which the weight of the world overtakes the mind. This does not mean that you are not following the Lord; it means that you are trying to navigate this world and the next. You are living in the present and the here to come. The pressures of this world will overwhelm you occasionally.
The problem arises when lukewarm becomes your normal temperature. It has been so long in which you had a spiritually refreshing moment that the energy of spiritual awakening has left you. You have become spiritually numb. One of the ways that you can monitor this is noting how long it has been since you have practiced that which brings spiritual vitality to you. Maybe you love outreach? It has been six months since you have studied with someone? One way I check my spiritual vitality is the excitement I have to write sermons. Most weeks, there is a sermon in the head that is dying to be written. There is an excitement to produce it. Maybe you love working with children? How long has it been? One of the best ways to check your spiritual pulse is to monitor the last time it increased.
A spiritual heart rate is much like a physical one. If you do not increase it on regular bases, soon, it will feel uncomfortable to do so. Certain areas of service will become too complex, too hard, and too demanding. You will back away from all challenges because you cannot handle the increase of spiritual pressure. Everything becomes too taxing. Perhaps once you taught children’s classes, not it seems too demanding. Perhaps you use to host people in your home, but now it is too much of a burden.
Camp, retreats, and seminars are great for restoring spiritual vitality. We all go through spiritual peaks and valleys, but the key is traveling through these times well. Without proper monitoring, you might find yourself stuck in a spiritual place that is unhealthy.