Pray. In the first month we recognized the need for a fit church body, and month two we discussed gathering motivation. Step three was rest, and from that rest we begin our workout.
Ready to pump the iron? Move the mountains? Build a kingdom? You’ve heard the cautionary advice: lift with the knees not with the back. But think of it a little different in terms of working out the CHURCH body.
That’s exactly how we’re going to face the weight room. We’re going to bend our knees, keep bending them, and keep bending them until they’re on the ground. In an actual weight room, OUR muscles do the lifting by OUR own willpower and OUR own strength. In God’s body, HIS muscles do the lifting by HIS own willpower and HIS own strength.
Let me explain. What are the weights that the church has to lift? Making the community a better place? Wanting our neighbors and loved ones to find God? Resolving conflict within and outside the church? Making decisions for the everyday and future expression of the church? Helping someone go through a hard time?
None of these things we can fix single handed. Our best ideas, approaches, and efforts make little real or lasting impact. We can’t, but when our knees are on the ground instead of our feet trying to run everywhere and do everything - when our hands are clasped together instead of trying to juggle and fix everything - when our words are asking for God’s strength and guidance instead of babbling - HIS feet are allowed to move, HIS hands are allowed to work, and HIS Word is allowed to speak truth into all situations.
It’s what God was talking about as Paul was on his knees: “My power works best in your weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 12: 9.
Now, I’m not saying be a passive person - rather, be active in your FAITH that God is the source of strength, ability, and wisdom in all things. On your knees, you’ll be instructed what to do from there, what to say from there, and where to go from there - and if you’re carrying Him with you, His strength will suffice, His words will suffice, and you’ll end up where you need to be. I hope He guides you to your seat among us.
As we continue our year of getting fit, take this month to pray with us. I am excited to see where Jesus guides you individually and us as a body! See you at the watering hole.
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Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.