Posted by Charles Allard

Maintenance is a big issue in everyday life. Paying attention to regular maintenance on your home, car, HVAC and appliances can extend their lifetime use, value and in the long run save money. Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Taking care of the little things like changing filters, painting, annually draining your water heater, repairing leaks, etc can prevent you from paying big bills later.

The same is true for our bodies.  Seeing the dentist twice a year, getting an annual physical, taking a long daily walk, getting adequate rest, eating good nutritious food and paying attention when your body tells you to sit down, find some shade and relax.

There is also great value in maintaining our spiritual life.  Reading God’s Word, spending time in prayer, being involved in Sunday School, worship and Bible Study. A friend of mine calls these spiritual exercises, “Being up-to-date with God.

Considering the trials, tribulation, stresses, pressure and temptations we experience day by day, it is reasonable to give ourselves a regular spiritual checkup and be sure that we are up-to-date with God. The consequences of not maintaining our relationship with God are great.  We easily get discouraged, frustrated, weary in well doing and burn out.  When that happens we back slide, grow spiritually cold with apathy and become useless to God. Not good!!

There is a passage in Galatians 6:7-9 which is worthy of our full attention. It has to do with spiritual maintenance or the lack thereof. “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that sinful nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

In His Love,

Charles