Aaron Summers

Spiritual Diet and Exercise

In Chrisian Life on December 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

I joined a local health club this year in hopes of getting more fit and getting to know people outside of the church bubble.  Thankfully, I have done both.  When I started I began meeting with Jimmy who is on staff.  He introduced me to all of the equipment and walked me through a variety of workout options.  Being 40+ requires a different process!
One of the things we discussed was diet.  There are so many info-ads and click bait on Facebook I never know what to believe and not to believe.  The nutrition book from college is probably still accurate but I do know advances in science and nutrition have occurred since graduating 25 years ago!

One thing has remained the same, though.  If you are going to workout regularly, then you have to fuel your body. I tracked my intake for a month and we visited again.  I was around 1800-2000 calories/day.  If I wanted weight loss, I needed to burn more than I took in.  However, I also needed to eat enough to push my body through the workouts.

Galatians 6:2 – Share each other’s burdens.

You will face times in your life when friends or family will go through a rough patch.  Maybe even a devastating or particularly troubling patch!  In those moments, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay afloat yourself.  How easy it is to get caught up in the drama.  You love them!  You don’t want them to hurt.  It can really wear you down.

What is the solution?  Eat more.

That’s right.  Eat more, not less.  You see, just like my eating needed to increase (in a healthy way) on workout days, so does your spiritual eating.  When you are helping another work through difficulty or drama you are having a faith workout!  Exercising is exhausting.  It is harder when you have no fuel in the tank.

Listen, if you are in Scripture often and you are still struggling, it is because you need to read more.  If I out my body through a series of workouts but do not increase my calories to balance the need, then my body will actually suffer.  My metabolism will slow to hoard the energy.  However, if I eat more then it revs up my metabolism and the body chugs along and gets more fit.  It is easy to get caught up in the other person’s issue and you forget to read, or at least you do not read more.

As you find yourself in a spiritual workout don’t forget to eat.  Get in God’s Word so that your spiritual body can chug along and get stronger, leaner, and more efficient in it’s daily routine.

The Believer and Birth Pains

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2017 at 10:17 am

It was the Summer of 2001 and we were preparing for our 1st child to arrive.  He was scheduled for September 1.  Little did we know what was going to happen; how the world would change.  The bedroom had been prepared and the house cleaned.  We were just waiting for the timing.  We had moments where we thought it was maybe the time, but our doctor assured us it was not, and we just needed to wait, not worry, and be prepared for the work that would follow.

We were anxious.  We, at least I, was scared about bringing in this new person to the house.  Our doctor assured us that it would be fine.  “You’re ready!”, she would say.  We are not going to rush this birth.  It will happen when God is ready for it to occur.  We need to wait and not worry about it.

In Acts 1, Luke begins his 2nd book since he wrote the Gospel for which he is named.  After Jesus had been with them for 40 days teaching about the Kingdom of God he begins to prepare them for the birth of the church.  They are anxious and fearful too.

WAIT

He tells them to wait for the Father’s promise.  Isn’t it easy to run on ahead of God?  Jesus knew these guys were ready to go DO something FOR God.  Jesus wanted them, and us, to wait for the Holy Spirit so we will be doing WITH God.  It matters not whether it is church or home, we do FOR more than WITH God!  We have education, experience, and energy.  Let’s go do something!  Or, we have a need to fill so we need to GET BUSY.  If you serve in your church on the nominating committee or committee on committees or in some capacity of filling positions in the church please read this.  It is such a trap of the Devil for us to run on our logic, strength, ability, and persuasion.  In this moments we can

  • Put the wrong people in the wrong places
  • Put the right people in the wrong places
  • Put the right people in the right place but at the wrong time

All of these are dangerous because it is a result of OUR doing not the SPIRIT’S leading.  Jesus told them to wait.  He tells us to wait.

DON’T WORRY

The next questions from the people center around misunderstood beliefs about the Messiah.  They still thought He was going to lead an uprising against the Roman oppression.  They still wondered when the restoration was going to happen.

We would never misunderstand Jesus, would we?

Jesus tells them not to worry about those things and pivots back to the Holy Spirit.  He guides them back to the higher thoughts.  Restoration would have provided pride.  Reception of the Holy Spirit would provide power.  Restoration would provide glory to Israel.  Reception provided glory to God.  We worry way too much about our creature comforts and conveniences and not enough on God’s glory!  We are not to worry about such things.  Our concern is to be following the guidance of the Spirit in all things.

PREPARE TO WORK

Jesus ends with passing the torch of the great mission of God:  reach the world with the Gospel.  However, the design has been skewed these hundreds of years.  We have turned relational transfer into religious talks.  In our consumer societal structure, we have brought that nonsense into the church house.  The very words of Jesus here describe the power of God entering US, personally.  WE are to be the witnesses to the world.  As we are going we are to be living, showing, and expressing the gospel of Jesus.

2 days after our son was born we were told it was time to go home. Wait.  What?  How many nurses are going with us? Who will be providing the meals for us?  Who will handle the needs when we can’t?  WE CANNOT GO HOME YET!  The birth had happened.  Recovery was done.  Now it was time to parent.

CONCLUSION

As a follower of Christ, please wait for the Spirit’s leading before acting.  Stop worrying about things beyond your control.  Let’s get busy making disciples and parenting.  We have much to do.  Let’s go!

 

Do You Pray with Gas or Diesel?

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2017 at 7:00 am

The first time I drove a diesel I was given specific instructions before I was given the keys!  I was informed that before driving the car the engine had to warm up in a specific way.  Then it was pointed out that the bulb on the dashboard was called the “glow plug”.  After starting the engine, I needed to wait until the light came on before putting the car in gear.

I hated that wait!

I had only driven gas engines.  Turn the key and go, right?  Unless it was a cold morning, I had it in gear almost before the engine turned over.  Not being very patient, that diesel wait drove me nuts.  I was glad to back to my gas engine!

Jesus was teaching the crowd and in the middle of it He shared about prayer.  It started with approaching and addressing God.  While there are not many words, there is a distinct pause in this beginning time.  Notice that Jesus never mentions a physical posture.  However, there is much to say about our mental and heart posture.  The way Jesus approaches the Father is filled with humility and empty of pride.  As He begins to communicate he acknowledges the Father’s position and character.  Then He emptied Himself further, He wanted God’s will to be done on Earth as it was already begin done in Heaven.  Jesus wanted to be in the right position in mind and heart before ever really requested anything.

Jesus was praying with a diesel engine.  Too often we pray with a gas engine.

We often go straight to the asking without taking the time to warm things up.  Skeptics would proclaim that God just wants to be buttered up.  However, as a follower of Christ, I understand that it is not my place to disrespect God by not at least acknowledging who He is!  I love my kids, but if they just run in and start requesting money, I am going to make them pause.  There is a better way.  I want to have a little conversation before we get to the begging!

Are you praying with diesel or gas?

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