NOT YOUR OWN
“…You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
I Corinthians 6:20
My body doesn’t belong to me anymore.
I gave it away many years ago. In one great, heroic act of worship, I laid all of who I am down at the feet of the Savior who paid for my freedom with His life.
Facing that kind of love, what else could I do? It wasn’t hard for me to see that I had failed. Messed up. Sinned.
What was nearly impossible to wrap my head around was the idea that Someone loved me so much that He’d actually left everything to rescue me.
I still don’t really get it.
I don’t think the Apostle Paul fully grasped this kind of love either, but he sure tried. And he urged everyone who knew him to respond to God’s all encompassing love by offering Him everything in return.
Even our bodies.
Therefore, I urge you,(sisters) in view of God’s mercy,
To offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
Holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
And that’s the idea behind this new thing a bunch of us crazy women at Solid Rock are about to embark on. We’re calling it… Not Your Own… in simple recognition of the fact that we have a Master who owns us lock, stock and barrel—bodies included, so it’s high time we all took care of ‘em!
Here’s what you’ll need to know if you’d like to get on board and do this thing with the rest of us:
- Since our bodies need exercise and our minds need goals and our souls need friends, we’re going to tackle all three by enlisting a great big group of us for the Helvetia Walk/Run on June 11th at Hillsboro Stadium.
Yep, you heard me right. We’re going to invade the place with a whole big bunch of crazy ladies walking, running, dashing, watching, strolling, and cheering each other on as we move these bodies enough to get ‘em in some semblance of healthiness.
- To help us do that, Jodi Stilp is going to take over the blog every Saturday with words of advice, plans for action, stories of courage, and remedies for all the aches and pains we’ll be feeling along the way.
- We’re not talking Olympic athletes here. We come in all shapes and sizes, levels and ages. Bring your kids, enroll your granny, grab your best friend. If you can walk, jog, run, or just watch, WE WANT YOU!
And one more thing: Wouldn’t this be a wonderful way to introduce your friend/sister/mom/niece to this crazy fun life we’re all living with each other at Solid Rock? Every woman I know wants what we have- a circle of girlfriends who laugh with us, support us, egg us on, and love us. What’s more, we have a Savior who makes it all possible. Will you invite someone outside of this circle to come along?
Tune in next week to hear what Jodi has to say and for training tips to get you started.
From my heart,
P.S. For more on our bodies not being our own... please listen to the teaching John Mark did on this a while back called Part 2/Temple (conversations on the body, the soul, food, sex and why everything is spiritual)
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