Spiritual Enthalpy


Oh, I don’t know. I just like science.

Enthalpy? What in the world is enthalpy and how does it find its way into a Christian blog? Allow me to explain.

Enthalpy is defined as thermodynamic function of a system, equivalent to the sum of the internal energy of the system plus the product of its volume multiplied by the pressure exerted on it by its surroundings. That probably means nothing to you so here is a practical explanation.

Heating water increases the energy of the water molecules, excites them. The external pressure that adds this energy is some heating element. As the relative heat of the water increases, the molecules become more excited (they literally run around more). Eventually, the suspension can hold them in no longer and they start to leave the fold and spread their wings as a gas…steam.

The creation of boiling water then is an enthalpic reaction that depends on volume and an outside force. But how can this be related in any way to Christianity?

How do we grow as Christians? Is it possible to sit at home, read your Bible and pray and grow to any great extent. Of course, if all we do is immerse ourselves in God’s word and communicate with Him we will achieve some growth, but that can only take us so far.


Because it is the duty of a Christian to spread the word. We have to allow God to “enlarge [our] territory” as Jabez asked in I Chronicles 4:10. We also have to get out of our comfort zone and seek interactions that might be uncomfortable for us.  See the spiritual enthalpy there?

James talks about growth also. In James 1:2-4 the Bible relates:

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

We are to seek the holiness of God for our own persons and James says we can only attain that perfection if we are placed under pressure.

God provides the volume, life provides the pressure and we gain the benefits of a perfect spiritual enthalpy.


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