These activities/attributes came to mind as I was listening to my discipler teach on pouring our lives into others, so that they might also learn to pour out their lives into others.
So the question is, do I perform those activities (those listed above)? Do you do these activities? I don't mean physically, I mean spiritually...for our life is not in the physical, but in the spiritual. Remember, the dead don't feel, hunger, move, breathe, grow, excrete, etc., the dead are dead. So are you dead in your sins or alive in Christ?
Movement: Do you move? Are you moving toward the Light and the Life or are you standing still in the darkness and loving it? (John 3:19)
Respiration: Is the oxygen your brain and body need circulating throughout your body? Has the Holy Spirit come to dwell in you - is there life in your being? Is He permeating every area of your life or are there areas where He is not allowed to dwell or where He cannot dwell because He is Holy? (Ephesians 4:30)
Sensitivity: Do you respond to your surrounding environment, to stimuli? Are you discerning the spirits of those around you, the situations, the work of the Holy Spirit vs the work of the enemy of God, the calling of God and His voice? (Philippians 1:9-11)
Feeding: Are you feeding yourself the nutrients that your body needs or are you feeding yourself junk food (and possibly clogging your arteries)? Do you hunger for the Word of God? Do you feed your spirit the Word of God or do you feed your eyes, your flesh, and your pride of life - whether with images, sounds, conversations, opportunities, etc.? (Ephesians 4:14, 2 Peter 3:18)
Reproduction: Are your cells reproducing healthy cells? Are you making disciples who are rooted in the Word of God, who memorize scripture, pray without ceasing, witness to those around them, and who are preparing to disciple others? (Note the difference between witnessing and discipling) Or are you investing your time in reproducing cells that are not healthy and that eventually can and will grow into tumors? A simple way to check this out is to turn around and see who is behind you, who are your disciples? (Matthew 28:19-20)
Excreting: Is your body eliminating waste, is it removing harmful matter from your body? Are you putting off your old self? Have you put off falsehood, stealing, bitterness, rage, anger, slander, brawling, any form of malice, etc.? (Ephesians 4:22-32)
Growth: has your body grown since you were born? Have you grown since you were born again? Are you more like Christ today than you were yesterday? Are you maturing or are you still a spiritual babe needing to feed on milk instead of meat? (1 Corinthians 3:2)
I can't help but observe that the Christian life is an organic life - it is not static or fruitless. Are we static and fruitless or are we bearing fruit seen in those branches that are connected to the true Vine? Are you alive?
It is my prayer that as I decrease (you too), Christ increase in me (and you) and these activities become more evident of His work in and through me (yes, and you!).