The hardest thing about exercise is getting started. Once I asked one of the students in our Bible college how he got so strong. I was surprised at what he told me.

He said, “I started out holding 50-lb. bags of potatoes in each hand for a long time. Then I went to 100-lb. bags.”

I asked if this exercise made him any stronger. He told me, “Well, pretty soon I’m going to start putting potatoes in them.”

That’s what a lot of us do as we try to build our spiritual strength. We train with empty bags and wonder why we’re not growing any stronger. Only once we start putting potatoes in our bags will we begin to see results.

The spiritual nature is built up as we engage in spiritual warfare and are victorious. We are victorious as we walk in the Spirit. Minute by minute, day by day, we are totally dependent on His help. We have to acknowledge our weakness and inability, while at the same time expecting to have victory over sin.

No matter what you want to accomplish, victory and success takes work. Are you willing to do what it takes to grow spiritually? This might mean making some adjustments in the attitude you have toward life in Christ. You’ve got to realize your dependence on Him for everything. You have to trust Him to supply the daily strength you need to please Him. Get started today.

You no more need a day off from spiritual concentration in matters of your life than your heart needs a day off from beating. As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, you cannot take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual. — Oswald Chambers

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder