“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
What’s the longest you have ever gone without eating? Seriously. How many hours has it been since you last took a bite, sipped a drink, threw back a sweet, stopped for a snack?
The other night my son left an event and started home. The hour was late and they seemed to be taking a long time getting home. It wasn’t until the next morning that I learned one reason for their delay was the need to stop and get something to drink. They didn’t need gas, they needed something to drink. I tried to reason this out in my mind and decided it must be a complex math problem: Four teens are driving from point A to point B. The distance is 22 miles. They average a speed of 39 miles an hour. Weather conditions are deteriorating quickly and the time is 1:30 in the morning. Parents grow increasingly concerned about their safety and communicate three times via text and voice. Given these parameters, how many times will the youth need to stop for something to drink?
This is a problem in our culture, not just for our kids. There is no time or place when we are challenged to control our self-desire. Unless we’ve paid hundreds of dollars to a personal trainer, we are unable to master our self, body, mind and soul. We have a compulsion to have a drink in hand (the bigger the better). We must pay someone to monitor our food intake (thank you Jenny Craig). We order a plan to keep our bodies moving (PX-90 to the rescue).
But a person who is living a life of the Spirit should exhibit a life of Self-Control. We should be masters of our world, control and rule our desires. A person who reflects the leading of the Spirit will live a life of moderation, without external prodding.
And yet, we eat too much and too often. There are far too many fat Christians, myself included.
We spend too much money, buy too much junk. I have friends who must empty closets and garages to make space for more unwanted and unneeded stuff.
We move too little and our bodies fall into a sad state of health.
We watch too much garbage on TV and at movies and our souls whither.
Self-Control is the true sign of a faithful follower of Christ, a person bearing Fruit as a result of their journey in the Spirit. It speaks volumes about our journey.
This is certainly an area that I need to work on. How about you?