• Bishop Keith Butler

Use It or Lose It

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (Hebrews 2:1)


My wife and I have committed to a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise. Note two words I used to describe our lifestyle – committed and regular.

We didn’t try to eat a healthier diet. We committed to do it. Even when it was difficult or when we craved something that we knew wasn’t good for us, we stuck with our eating plan because it was more than a passing thought. It was a commitment. How many people begin a workout program yearly on January 1? They begin to lose weight and drop clothing sizes, but then they start to slip. They skip their workout one day, then two days, and before you know it, they’re back where they started.


The same thing can happen to people spiritually. Simply because a person has been around the church or good preaching for 30 years doesn’t mean they’re at a 30-year maturity level.


We have to use our muscles, or we will lose them. We also have to use our faith, or we will lose it.

Successful habits and practices – whether they involve staying physically or spiritually fit – don't usually disappear with one rash decision. They typically slip away a little at a time, as the writer of Hebrews said in Hebrews 2:1.


What about you? Have you let yourself slip away from the truth of the Word of God? Has your fire and passion for God cooled off? Are you as zealous for the things of God as you once were? It’s not too late. Return to your first love and do the things you know you should do to keep growing in faith, hope, and love.


Practical Application – Have you let your faith slip? Use it or lose it. It’s not too late to start using it. Get back in church, back in the Word, and back to worshipping God.


Revelation 2:5; 3 John 1:11

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