Here’s a fun activity for you. Check your feet for calluses. What did you find?
What purpose does the callus serve? If you said it protects your foot because its’ build up reduces pain, you’re right. Think about what happens when you buy a new pair of shoes and wear them for a full day. Sometimes you will get painful blisters and it will take a few days for your foot or toe to develop a callus which protects you from pain and allows you to walk or run comfortably.
Our walk with God is much the same. God knows when we are weak and have weak spots. You know, those times when and where we are easily led off the path, and have trouble staying in step with Jesus. When that happens, it hurts, we learn a lesson, and ask for help to build up resistance to the temptation. To recognize a sin or temptation is an important step in resisting it. Through our faith, we are built up and are able to strengthen our efforts for the fight with the devil, the world and others who try to harm us.
Sure. there will be new temptations and even failures and they will hurt just like the new shoes that make blisters on different parts of our feet. When that happens, we need to ask Jesus for help in growing stronger–building calluses–so that we can go about our daily activities toughened up. Paul says it this way:
“….suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” Romans 5:3
*Think of some areas God has helped you to toughen through your life experience and faith.
*Pray a prayer for spiritual toughness to help you resist temptation and grow in your faith.
For more about growing stronger in your faith see:
Strengthen Your Feeble Arms
Weakness = Strength?
In the Valleys I Grow