On a television talk show, the guest was a body builder. During the interview, the host asked the guest, “Why do you develop these particular muscles?”
The body builder simply stepped forward and flexed a series of well-defined muscles from his chest to his calves. The audience applauded and cheered.
“What do you use all those muscles for?” the host asked. Again, the muscular specimen flexed, and biceps and triceps sprouted to impressive proportions. “But what do you use those muscles for?” the host persisted. The body builder was bewildered. He didn’t have an answer other than to display his well-developed frame.
Our spiritual exercises, such as Bible Study, prayer, reading Christian books, listening to Christian radio and music are also for a purpose. They are meant to strengthen our ability to build God’s kingdom, not simply to improve our pose before an admiring audience.
As we seek to develop our spiritual discipline, let us make sure we are doing so for the right reasons.