Devotional: ‘The Practical Side of Being Spiritual’


What would you consider to be the sign of someone who spiritual? I’m sure that many of us would say that a spiritual person is someone who faithfully reads their Bible, prays, attends church and strives to live in a Christ-like manner. I would agree with you, but I would also say that there is a very practical side to being spiritual. Consider these comments from the book of James –

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled ; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 

James is not saying that salvation is FAITH + WORKS, but that SAVING FAITH = GOOD WORKS. True genuine faith produces godly action.  Or in other words, there is a very practical side of being spiritual. Consider Paul’s comments to the Christians at Philippi.

Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 

Paul was in prison for preaching the gospel. Though the Roman government provided for his most basic needs, there were still many things Paul lacked. As we have just read, it was through the Christians at Philippi that God met many of those needs. The Philippians were Paul’s friends; his encouragers; his supporters.

The Bible does not encourage laziness or social welfare.  Paul wrote to the Thessalonians – “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) In other words, as long as someone is able to provide for himself and his family, he or she should do so. Even back in the Old Testament we see Ruth gleaning wheat for herself and her mother-in-law Naomi. But in cases where individuals cannot meet some of their most basic needs, fellow Christians should be willing to help. At Twin Oaks, our deacons administer a Benevolent Fund to help church members in times of need. In addition, we occasionally take up a special love offering and many of you are faithful to share on an individual basis.

Being spiritual involves faithful Bible study and prayer. It also involves reaching out and caring for the needs of others.


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