We are a society bent on the act of consuming. We like to eat more than we need, buy more than we will use, control more of what little we think we already have control over. (More on that another time.)
I will admit that my high school days were during the Super-size craze of bigger fries and bigger sodas. I like big pieces of cake, especially if it is chocolate. I like All You Can Eat BBQ Ribs. I like large cups of coffee. I like more than one donut and more than four chicken fingers. I like bread, I like Venti sized drinks of names I cannot spell and the only dessert that I eat between October and January is Pumpkin Pie.
Problem…I am overweight. I do not do well at portion control. I believe that I struggle with gluttony. Gluttony is a sin. One is never satisfied with what they have and constantly wants more.
I will admit that gluttony is my elephant in the room. It is my unspoken “problem.” I am great at saying I want to lose weight and eat better and then doing nothing about it….Until now.
Perry Noble recently wrote a blog post on how being overweight is a spiritual issue. You can read his post here.
I cannot be the husband, dad, pastor that I need to be if I am constantly overweight and tired. I am called to be more like Christ…not like the world.
I have a lack of discipline in this area. I refuse to let my being overweight define me as a person. My identity is found in Christ. I will beat my flesh into submission…UFC style. I desire to live by the Spirit and not gratify any selfish desires that would lead me anywhere other than where God is leading me.
This is going to take time and effort. This is going to take a renewing of my mind and a lot of discipline. It’s time to get serious.
I’ll keep you updated with my progression.
What do you struggle with? How do you plan on dealing with it? Got questions, suggestions? Hit up the comments.
I sat and thought hard about this post for a while. The question still lurks in my mind. What do I hope to accomplish from having people read this blog?
I want to be intentional. This blog is not designed to make lots of money. I am not worried about how many people RSS subscribe or subscribe by email or follow through Feedburner. If one person comes to know Christ or becomes more of a passionate disciple because of something they saw or read on this blog, then the blog has served its purpose. That is what this is all about. My life as a disciple is to teach other people how to be disciples and help to equip them to go and make disciples. That makes me excited.
I hope that the posts and videos make people think or engage in culture and conversation. I hope someone becomes a better husband. I hope another man becomes a better dad. I hope everyone becomes more of a disciple that is passionate in their pursuit to become more conformed to the image of Christ.
Right now, I have plans to experiment with e-Books from posts in a series. I also plan on taking other posts and binding them in a book format and giving them to my son when he is older. I want him to have ways of remembering me and also read things that hopefully will push him to be more like Christ.
I can’t be the Holy Spirit. I can’t save anyone. However, I can be intentional in providing things to read, relationships to create, and just providing situations that God can use to draw people into His kingdom.
How about you? How are you being intentional? I would enjoy reading what you have to say. I look forward to your comments.
This kind of thinking is crazy. Apparently, these people think that if the preacher uses a lot of Greek and Hebrew terms, big (hard to pronounce) theological words or just confuses them, that is supposedly going deep.
Going deep is not about those things. Going deep is about being obedient. The more intimate your relationship with Christ, the more obedient you are by living out Scripture, the “deeper” you become. The overall goal of discipleship is not how deep or not you are but whether or not you are consistent in your conforming more to the image of Christ.
What would it look like if everyone in our churches became fully devoted disciples of Christ? If the church was intentional on making disciples, growing as a disciple should not be optional. Jesus makes it clear that we are either a disciple or we are not. He doesn’t make it an option. From small groups to weekend sermons, discipleship should be intentional. If discipleship was intentional there is a high possibility that the church would retain more members than they lost. The percentage of people leaving could be reduced.
The Scriptures should be embedded into every area of our lives. If the church was diligent in renewing their minds, and hiding God’s Word in their heart, radical change in individual lives would become more apparent.
I am a big believer that the pastor should be in the community more than he is in an office 30 -40 hours a week. The pastor could have a mobile office. For the pastor to become known in the community, why not work on sermons or blog from different locations – the library, Starbucks, Atlanta Bread Company, McDonald’s etc….If the pastor and the church is in the community intentionally building relationships, they have more opportunities to share the gospel.
I don’t mind going deep. I don’t mind reading systematic theology books or doctrine books. I don’t mind learning big words or what the Greek and Hebrew definition is. However, I am not for going deep when all one wants from going deep is knowledge. I don’t want to go deep if it means sacrificing my relationship with Christ. I hope the people in our churches feel the same.
This blog is my thoughts on an article that I read in a past issue of REV! magazine.
Look forward to reading your thoughts. Hit up the comments.