Nurturing Spirituality

clouds-414x317Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega of my spiritual nourishment.

His covenant-bonding blood makes possible my connection to God, and my eternal survival. The breath of his Spirit gives sustenance to my soul. It is not surprising, then, that a church community has been likened to a spiritual hospital, where those whose souls are injured, sick, or generally unhealthy come to heal. We are encouraged to actively participate in our spiritual hospital throughout our life, because just as we need air and water to survive physically, we need Christ’s presence for our souls to survive, and bear the fruits of his Spirit.

As God models in the trinity of Father, Son and Spirit, soul-refreshing community is essential for one’s spiritual health. No one would think of digging a hole in the ground and putting in a tomato or cucumber plant, and then forgetting about it until a few weeks later when you want its fruit. We all need the continuing watering for our souls that Christ’s body, the church community, provides.

Nourishing within the community is not limited to a special few. Throughout the New Testament we are reminded that we carry the Spirit of the living Christ in our souls, the same Spirit that Christ sent to be our advocate and our comforter. Thus the church community is meant to be the place where God’s covenant offering, Jesus Christ, is shared through its members and with those in need. It is in the church community where our lives are washed with the water of the Word. Spiritual nurturing is Christ lived out through the church, and through each of us as believers. As we fashion ourselves as Christ’s instruments caring for others as He cared for all who came to him, we enable the Holy Spirit to live through us, loving, healing, listening, and nurturing.

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? Jeremiah 8:22

When Jesus heard this, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." Mark 2:17

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The Hit List

  • First Sunday of Lent Devotional +

    First Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2011 A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within Read More
  • November 29th-Henri Nouwen-Waiting with the Word - First Sunday of Advent +

    Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with . . . the worries of this life. Luke 21:34 Read More
  • Fourth Sunday in Lent - The Man Born Blind by David Hyman +

    Spiritual blindness is the driving theme in this passage from John 9:1-41. But the man born blind is the one Read More
  • Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday by John Ortberg +

    John Ortberg's address during the January 9 morning session of National Staff Conference 2014. It is John Ortberg talking to InterVarsity's Read More
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Gems

  • Total Forgiveness, RT Kendall +

    This was a valuable resource for me in a time of hurt from a brother in Christ. I could not Read More
  • Forgiveness: Desmond Tutu +

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu explains how love and forgiveness kept post-apartheid South Africa from tumbling into anarchy. Read More
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness +

    From the poem Invictus, Latin for unconquered, by Victorian poet William Ernest Henley and a favorite of Nelson Mandela’s, this Read More
  • The Power of Forgiveness: a movie review of The Straight Story +

    Alvin's story reminds us of the importance of family relationships, the need for unconditional love, and the power of forgiveness. Read More
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