I have a confession. I have membership at a gym and I don’t use it as nearly as much as I ought. The gym I belong to has a swimming pool, weights, cardio equipment, there are personal trainers who will write programs for me, as well as many different types of classes I can go to. Yet I am not as fit as I could be.
The gym is offering all the support and resources I need to get fit. To be honest it’s not their fault that I’m not fit. It’s up to me to utilise it. They can’t attend class for me. They cannot lift weights or run on the treadmill for me. It’s on me.
Of course I can offer feedback on what kinds of equipment and classes will be helpful for me. They may even be able to accommodate me in some way, yet I know that it might not be possible to give me everything I want. There are others to consider in their choice of equipment and classes. Yet there are adequate resources for me to get healthy.
What is said of the gym can be said of the church. What can be said of the opportunity for physical health in the gym context can be said of spiritual health in the church context. In the church you will find classes, people, and resources that are available to you. Yet, they are of no use if you do not engage them. There is little point joining a church then not working out.
In a gym you may well experience community, and you may well find comfort in knowing that the resources are available the moment you want to get active. Yet, the gym has the goal to help you get fit, to grow, to be your very best. At Mosaic, we want you to grow. To be the person God has created you to be. At times, like a good gym session, you might feel at little tired and stretched by the workout routine, and yet you will be better for the effort you put in.
Perhaps today is the day you start your new exercise routine. Start a Bible reading plan. Get together with others in a coffee club. Volunteer to serve. Join a Connect Group in 2017 and find a mentor. Make coming to church a priority on Sunday, and pray.