renewalAcross an inlet from where we stay on Dauphin Island, there is a lovely house facing the bay. Recently, we watched as a barge loaded with lumber, pilings, and other equipment pulled up near the sea wall. The barge also had a track-hoe with a boom and pile driver on board. The owner of the house had contracted with a construction company to replace and/or repair his boat dock and lift. Wind, waves, and the passing of time had taken its toll. Old deteriorating pilings were pulled up and new treated pilings were driven deep into the bay floor. New boat lifts, larger than the old ones, were installed. Old planking was replaced and the deck enlarged. The finished project was a strong, attractive, and serviceable new boat dock.

The vicissitudes of life, like the wind and waves striking the boat dock, have a way of wearing on the believer. Left untended for a period of time, our spiritual lives can deteriorate and fall into disrepair much like the dock. Revivals, camp meetings, retreats, and spiritual renewal conferences can be a means to provide revitalization in relationship with the Lord. Proper routine maintenance can forestall major restoration projects. Daily devotional time for scripture reading, prayer, and meditation can help us maintain our faith. But sooner or later, we need to consider if a serious renovation project is in order. We need to deal with the elements of our spiritual lives that are deteriorating.

An individual should set aside time for personal examination of their spiritual condition. Scripture encourages believers to, “examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NKJ). I like the Message Translation here: “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it” (2 Corinthians 13:5-9). Friends, we have ‘too much to gain to lose’. We must not let our relationship with the Lord deteriorate. There may also be areas that could be enlarged to improve our effectiveness for the Lord.

My Prayer: Holy Spirit come by my side. Restore, renew, and expand this spiritual life of mine.

~ Brother Roy


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