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What It Means to Be Genuinely Spiritual

When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves. —Albert Einstein

Being “spiritual” is really trendy right now. Just look at Hollywood. Undoubtedly, some hybrid of Hinduism/Buddhism/New Age/Scientology is the latest rage in Beverly Hills. Atheism is gaining popularity, but most people at least claim to be “spiritual” even if they don’t adhere to any orthodox beliefs.

That’s all ultimately silly because what are they clinging to? It’s certainly not anything real that will address what is wrong with them. Until Christ becomes Lord, spirituality is just another empty, cheap trick.

So what does it mean to be genuinely spiritual?

Dwelling deep inside your being, in your “core” (to use the latest workout-craze term), is your spirit. The spirit is distinct from the soul and the body, but they are not separate. They work and function together:

The Greek word for spirit is “pneuma,” and it’s found everywhere in the Bible. Your spirit is where your identity is truly found. Everything that is born again and made holy by Christ is in your spirit.

Your spirit is finished and complete. It’s what is perfect about you and why you aren’t identified as a “sinner” anymore. God can look at us and say that we are without blemish because He is looking directly at our spirit, cleansed by the blood of Christ!

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me a new spirit. Because of Your work on the cross, I will no longer be a slave to sin. It’s not who I am anymore. May my spirit be a pleasant aroma to You, and give me what I need today to live in Your Spirit. Amen.

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