Everyone has a spiritual life. From Donald Trump to a child in the slums of India, we all have unbodily personal power to choose, feel, think, and run our life.
This idea that being spiritual is a description of being disconnected from reality or a little out there is just wrong.
Dallas Willard says that “we are destined for a time when our life will be entirely sustained from spiritual realities and no longer dependent in any way upon the physical.”
If this is true, don’t you think we ought to start working on our spiritual life now? If we don’t acknowledge, nurture, or prepare our spirit now, we will be ill equipped for our unceasing spiritual lives to come. The most spiritual people you know are not the ones who are most willing to read their Bible or attend church, but the men and women who operate out of a power that most resembles the existence, mindset, compassion, and actions of Christ; our spiritual Lord and King.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the words of Jesus:
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
According to this passage, our spiritual life is essential to us entering the kingdom of God. Our spirit must be birthed from the Spirit of God. And, the spiritual is not something that can be measured or tracked like the wind can, it must be experienced personally.
When you hear people like me going on and on about the spiritual life, know that we are not discussing something that is beyond the scope of the words of Jesus or the very heart of scripture. You are a spiritual being that is inhabiting the physical and, if you are a follower of Christ, a spiritual kingdom that requires you to spiritually Grow Up.
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