When you tie your shoes, what method do you prefer? Do you use the “bunny ears” or do you “loop, swoop, and pull”? Chances are you don’t often think about the name because the process has become second nature to you. The same is true for tying a tie. There are at least 18 different ways to accomplish this, but what really matters is learning the process not the name.
While there is only one way to become a Christian (Acts 2:38), being a Christian is not unlike learning how to tie shoelaces and ties. That is, with a lot of practice, determination, and a thorough study of God’s Word, we will learn to act, think, and speak like Christ (2 Tim. 2:15).
But what happens when we are out of practice? What happens when we fail to study the Bible, or we skip our normal prayer time, or we fail to help a brother, sister, or neighbor in their time of need? Consider this: when we regularly exercise our bodies, we gain muscle mass; but when we fail to exercise and our diet does not change, our hard-earned muscles are eventually covered with a layer of fatty tissue. In a similar way, we need a constant diet of spiritual food and exercise if we want to keep our Christ-likeness.
Church family, if we feed our spirits with only worldly food, we will slowly lose both our willpower to withstand temptation and our understanding of the “weightier matters” (Matthew 23:23). Do you remember the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:12? He said, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” May we keep this warning at the forefront of our minds, and may our Christianity be as familiar to us as tying shoelaces and ties.