Bob Rill, Chaplain
This month we will explore what it is for a person to be spiritually fit. I love what Dr. Ken McFarland said about God creating man. He said, “God made man inherently a little lonely so that he would seek Him.”
You see, spirituality is not supposed to be some magical concept that means something different to different people. Frequently we define a person’s spirituality by certain evidences. He goes to church every Sunday or he/she is a person of faith and prayer. Often such a one is described as a very religious person.
Simply put, religion is an institution developed by man while spirituality is a position made by God for those who have chosen to follow Him.
This simple concept has been clear since the beginning of recorded history. So, why the confusion? Well, I believe there is a two-fold answer to that question.
1) First of all there is no definitive, measurable result that makes a person more spiritual. Although, as mentioned before, there are evidences of a person’s spiritual position such as Bible study and church attendance, these are mere signs of a person’s level of maturity rather than greater spirituality.
2) Spirituality is one of those forbidden table topics because it might make folks feel uncomfortable. (Why are we so averse to being a little uncomfortable?)
To become a Christian means only one thing. A person must decide to be a Christ follower. The Bible says a person becomes a new creature in Christ. There is no greater or lesser degree of Spirituality than a person’s secure position in Christ.