WPC Warm Up, September 22, 2014
I walked by a mural painting of Jesus that stopped me in my tracks. The artist had a done a passable job of depicting his body, but my eyes quickly went to his feet floating eighteen inches above the ground. It got me thinking how "ungrounded" our faith can become. We begin to tell ourselves that Christianity offers nice ideas. But it's not really... real. Read Romans 12:1. Paul says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Why does he place emphasis on our "bodies"? We live out our faithfulness to Christ with and in these bodies. We are "embodied souls". Our feet touch the ground. We intuitively know that our character is also embodied. What we do "second nature" we do with our bodies. This is actually a very encouraging truth to think about! You have control over your body. You can tell it what to do, and what not to do. With it you can practice the "second nature" Christ has in Mind for us. What's one thing you can do with your body you know Christ wants to get done? I'm calling this "fleshing out our faith."
In His grace,
Pastor Dick Thompson