Alan Smith tells a great story about George Washington Truett who was a preacher in Dallas for 47 years. He once visited a wealthy West Texas rancher and had dinner in his huge ranch home. After dinner, the rancher took Dr. Truett up to a veranda on top of his house, and lit up a big cigar.
The sun was setting, and if you’ve ever been to West Texas, you know you can see a long way out there. The man pointed to the south toward some oil rigs and said, “I own everything in that direction as far as you can see.” He pointed east toward some cotton fields and said, “And I own everything in that direction, too.” He pointed north toward a huge herd of cattle and bragged, “And, preacher, I own everything as far as you can see in that direction.” He turned to the west, and said, “And I own everything you can see in that direction, except the sun, of course.”
Dr. Truett turned to the man and pointed straight up the sky and said, “And how much do you own in that direction?
Our word for the week is “spiritual.”
We live in a material, physical world. And it is often easy to become preoccupied and enamored with the things of this world. Our cars. Homes. Hobbies. Clothes. Careers. Sports. Investments. Gadgets.
In the midst of the material, we need reminding that God’s primary focus for His people is spiritual. And He wants us to focus on spiritual matters. Paul’s prayer for the Colossian Christians reflects this emphasis.
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Col. 1:9-10).
Furthermore, the Bible speaks of…..
Spiritual things. 1 Cor. 2:13
Spiritual people. 1 Cor 3:1
Spiritual seed. 1 Cor. 9:11
Spiritual sustenance. 1 Cor. 10: 3
Spiritual gifts. Rom 1:11
Spiritual blessings. Eph. 1:4
Spiritual songs. Eph. 5:10
Spiritual body. 1 Cor 15:44
Spiritual warfare. Eph. 6:12
Spiritual understanding. Col. 1:9
Spiritual House. Pet. 2:9
Spiritual sacrifice. 1 Pet. 2:5
Spiritual Rock. 1 Cor 10:4
If we are to be God’s spiritual people, we must allow the spiritual seed to germinate in our hearts, think on spiritual things, and be nourished by the spiritual food and drink He offers, which will enhance our spiritual understanding. As we join with others in God’s spiritual House, offering spiritual sacrifices, praising God with spiritual songs and seeking to employ our spiritual gifts in service to Him, we will enjoy the spiritual blessings that are in Christ.
When Satan seeks to assault our souls we must engage in spiritual warfare against the forces of evil. In all that we do we rely on our spiritual Rock, Jesus Christ, looking one day to receive that spiritual body that will not decay, be corrupted or suffer death.
May we resolve on this day to redirect our energies, efforts and priorities to emphasize the things of God—spiritual things that will endure the passing of time.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman