My friend, may I ask you a question? We often recite these words, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and earth.” Yet, do we truly grasp the importance of what we are saying? Do we realize that owe our lives to God; they are not our own?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
We live in a time where the “body beautiful” is, perhaps, more important than ever. Not being physically fit risks social rejection. Our children are encouraged from an early age to excel athletically. Where thirty years ago most high schools spent less than 15% of their budgets on sports and athletic facilities, today that figure is close to 40% or higher. With all this emphasis on the physical, it’s a small wonder that we’re so preoccupied with ourselves as athletes and competitors; that images of “ideal” weight, hair color, and complexion are so stressed. How does a Christian keep the proper perspective on our bodies and who made them?
The key is focusing on the God we worship and not ourselves; to regard our bodies in light of who God is and not who we are. Robert Webber writes, “In worship we have gathered together to be met by God the Almighty. He wants to communicate to us, to penetrate our inner self, to take up residence within us. And, as we go through the experience of meeting with him in this mystical moment of public worship, we are to respond. But response is not just singing a hymn, not just saying a creed, not just saying a prayer. Response, from the very beginning of worship to the end, must be a powerful inner experience of actually being in the presence of God. When we sing a hymn or say a confession or prayer, we are not singing or saying words, but expressing a feeling, bringing our souls, truly responding and communicating to the living and active presence of a loving and merciful God. (Robert Webber. “Worship Is a Verb: Eight Principles for Transforming Worship.” Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1998. pg. 114.)
“God, the Creator of the Universe!” Not only did He create all things through Christ, He took the time to “create” you and me. Doesn’t that put all of our “bodily” achievements into a different perspective? Daily we take God’s property, our bodies, and join them to sin; sin that is founded in a pride that displaces humility. We often recite these words, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and earth.” Yet, do we truly grasp the importance of what we are saying? We owe our lives to God; they are not our own. There is nothing that we do with these bodies that is worth the slightest boast; only everlasting thanks and praise to the Creator God who took the time to make us in the first place.
We pray. Heavenly Father, no words can describe the absolute awe and wonder of our own creation. We can’t even begin to understand the beauty and symphonic rhythm of your creation, yet we so often lay claim to our own bodies as if we made them ourselves and all right and justice belongs to us, the ones who inhabit them. Forgive us Lord for our arrogance and pride-for our lack of humility and understanding of the love and perfection that you put into the creation of every human being. Thank you for creating our bodies. We praise you O Lord for how You govern these bodies, protect them and nurture them. May we always hold them dear as Yours and Yours alone. We are not our own, but these bodies belong to You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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