Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…


Summer is upon us and the 4th of July is just around the corner. This is a time when we as a nation celebrate the freedom we have here in the United States. We live in a nation that was largely founded by Christians so they would be free to worship God in a way that connected them with Jesus Christ. With this history, it amazes me how over the last 50 years some of those freedoms have been taken away. But what really amazes me is the fact that the majority of the people in our nation choose not to worship at all. On an average Sunday only 17% of our population is in worship. And during summer that number is even smaller. We must never forget that our devotion to God is not something that should be seasonal. We have a God who loves us and watches over us 24/7, 365 days a year and we must be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. I have been talking about how we can build momentum in our faith journey over the last several months and I want to continue on that subject this month.

The last four months I shared how Dr. Michael Slaughter uses D-R-I-V-E as an acronym to help us move towards God’s promised future. The last four months I shared that D stands for devotion and how as Christians we must stay connected to God. R represents readiness, which means we should be lifelong learners who constantly seek God’s will. I denotes investing in key relationships, beginning with your family. V indicates visioning for the future. It is important that we see and develop the picture God has given us.

This month I want to talk about the E which stands for eating and exercise. This is an area of my life I have taken much more seriously since my triple bypass surgery two years ago and I would hope you would keep me in your prayers as I strive to continue in this battle in my life.

Slaughter points out that back in 2005 the West Ohio Conference began spending more money on health care for its 1300 pastors and their families, than it did on mission and I am sure that this trend has only gotten worse over the last 14 years. Dr. Slaughter bluntly states that our churches are filled with unhealthy people who got that way simply through poor eating and inadequate exercise. That’s both those in the pulpit and the pews. If we are to serve God as He desires then we must do a better job of taking care of ourselves.

Romans 12:1 says, “To offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is true worship.” These disciplines can help us grow and will contribute to a whole-life relationship with Jesus Christ. Faith + discipline are essential to creating momentum for our personal lives and the life of the church. I would challenge you to make D-R-I-V-E a way of life. As disciples of Jesus Christ let us continue to devote ourselves to following Him and put Him in the Drivers Seat and allow our lives to be rewritten.

Pastor Jerry