For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
At the beginning of my surgical training a senior surgical resident warned me to always “satisfy my viscera”. In other words he was telling me to not forget to satisfy my needs. As an first year surgical intern, I was focused on learning how to treat patients and prove that I could be a good surgeon. His warning was a reminder that I could not achieve those goals if I wasn’t functioning at my best. Specifically being dehydrated, exhausted, hungry, constipated or injured would compromise my ability to take care of others. Hence, I learned very early that maintaining my self physically, physiologically and psychologically was key to my performing at a high level.
So it is with our salvation and Christianity. God doesn’t save us so remain broken. God saves us so we can be made whole. Moreover being made and living whole can happen today and not just in eternity. Remember Jesus came into the world so that you could have life and have life more abundantly. Enjoying this life at a high level requires maintenance. Dieting, exercise, proper sleep and avoiding unnecessary stress should be a priority. The sufferings and discipline of our Christian faith are meant to provide spiritual growth and purpose. Suffering is not supposed to be a Christian way of life.
Further, enjoying the blessings of our salvation at a high level will require spiritual maintenance. Prayer, Bible study, engaging in regular worship, tithing, community volunteering and of course fasting are all key practices that will provide faithful practitioners an enhanced and productive spiritual experience.