January 12, 2020
SPIRITUAL CONDITION vs. SPIRITUAL POSITION
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, the group Kenny broke into recording with, had a song that said, “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition is in.” Too many Christians worry about the same thing. What’s my Spiritual Condition? How am I feeling… Spiritually? How am I doing… Spiritually? All of those are the wrong questions. What you should be asking is: Whose am I… Spiritually? What is my Spiritual Position? Who is Lord of my life? And if the answer is Jesus Christ, then are you acting like He is Lord of your life?
The quality of your Spiritual Life does not depend on your Spiritual Condition, it depends on your Spiritual Position. In the Spiritual world, if your Lord is Jesus Christ, then you are on the proper side of the fence, whether you feel like it or not. How you feel Spiritually should depend on Whose you are, not on how you are feeling. Though if you truly know Whose you are, you should be feeling pretty good about it… Spiritually.
When it comes to Spiritual Life, God does all the heavy lifting. Jesus the Son has offered you Salvation through the Cross. The Holy Spirit offers you wisdom and guidance as He leads you through life. And God the Father is waiting to spend time with you on a regular basis. Again, once you realize your true Spiritual Position, God the Father is looking to spend time with you on a regular basis. God is looking for a Spiritual Relationship with you. And Relationships are built in only one way, through the investment of time.
How much time do you spend on a regular basis with God? Our best form of communication with God is through Prayer. Larnell Harris sang a song years ago called I Miss My Time with You. It was about God speaking to us, saying we didn’t spend enough time with Him. He gets lonely for our company. How much time do you spend with God each week? Are you leaving Him lonely for your company?
Our Spiritual Condition can always be improved by spending more time with God, but our Spiritual Position is always constant, rock solid; as solid as the Rock it is built upon.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (NIV)
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods. (NIV)
Our Spiritual Condition can fluctuate like the temperature or the stock market, but our Spiritual Position is always as solid as the Rock it is built upon.
Knowing that Christ is our Solid Rock to depend on is an important aspect about belonging to God,. We know how Solid He is and how we can always depend on Him to be there when we need Him. However, you need to be continually drinking from the Well of Living Water that is Jesus Christ. Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:4-14 NIV)
Think about the Apalachee River flowing near our Church right now. I love it when the river is low, and you can see all the rocks in the river. The river splashes against them and washes over them. It looks truly refreshing. Most of us have probably drunk water drawn from a well, the deeper the well, the sweeter and cooler the water. It comes up cool and clear and refreshing in that bucket on the end of the rope.
Now, think how much more refreshing the water from the Living Well which is Christ Jesus must be. Drinking from the Living Water He provides, refreshes not just the Body… but the Soul. When we receive Holy Communion, I lift the elements up to the Lord and ask Him to bless them to the nourishment of our Souls. Christ can nourish and refresh our souls on a continual basis, it’s just a matter of going to Him on a regular basis and drinking in His sweet, cool, refreshing Living Water.
Just a few weeks ago we observed Christmas, including a beautiful candlelight service on Christmas Eve. Being so close to that joyous season we should still have in our minds what Jesus Christ’s coming is all about. We know Christ came to us as a baby and died for us on the Cross, and we know He was raised from the dead for us. He accepted death on the Cross for us and defeated death for us. Now He provides Life for us through that Living Water we should all be drinking in. His Living Water refreshes our Spiritual Position in Christ, each and every day. Knowing where we stand in Christ, every hour of every day, should help lift our Spiritual Condition every hour of every day. The more time we spend with Him, the more refreshed we become in the Living Water that pours from Him in waves of relief.
Bostwick UMC 1/12/20