It's called that because it leans....up.
An incline, by definition is neither horizontal or vertical...but it leans in some direction.
The Incline I am referring to provides a long, and ardous climb up the side of a mountain.
Doing the incline makes for sweat, deep breathing, rubbery legs...and a stronger heart. It keeps a lot of people in better shape.
To incline is to lean..to be predisposed to something...to have a mental tendency or preference towards something.
So, I am reading in scripture today and come across this verse: "Put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel." Joshua 24:23
Put away the junk.
Lean towards the Lord.
Not just make a decision in time...but lean that way all through time.
Marks of being on His incline?
Pictures on the walls...that speak of Christ-qualities. Crosses worn. Scriptures stored in memory. Prayer punctuating everything that matters...food, sleep, friends. T-shirts. Bumper stickers. Music. Frequented web sites.
Leaning...in the direction of godliness.
None of these things will transform by themselves, but all of these things and more help us lean.
Lean on my friend.
Incline your heart to the Lord.
It is the way to top spiritual shape...and the blessings of God.