Losing weight and gaining Jesus
14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. (New International Version)
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The other day I watched an advert on TV that shocked me. The product being sold was a simple piece of exercise equipment designed to work the abs and oblique’s which looked ok, but what shocked me was the absolutely ridiculous claims of how effective the equipment can be. While the narrator spoke of seeing astonishing results in just two weeks(!!) the image was of a middle aged very overweight man morphing into this 6 pack muscled 20 something… really?
This got me thinking, the world sets up this expectation that success is instant and easy, everywhere I look I see evidence of instant gratification… this drink will take away my thirst, lottery will instantly deliver my dreams: products and services that would have me believe success is simple and instant.
And I know this affects how I view my faith walk, I expect things to change immediately. Like when I gave my life to Jesus many years ago, I expected that suddenly overnight sin would never be seen again in my life. Well yes clearly I dramatically changed, but no sin did not talk a long walk never to return. And in this awesome reading from Romans, that giant of the faith, Paul shares how much he struggles with sin, so it seems I am in good company.
10 months ago I decided to really take my exercising seriously and started weight training, running or swimming most days. And I also started eating much better. Unlike the silly advert that promised great results in weeks, over these 10 months I have slowly shaved off the weight and build muscle definition. I still have a long way to go but I am on the right path!
In the same way, I am on the right path in acknowledging my sin, in seeking to spend way more time in prayer, in being changed by the Word of God. I have a long way to go, but I know I am on the right path, and that path is very slow going at times, and actually, I am just fine with that. It is better to be slow going than not going at all!!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The portion for today is: 1 Kings 19-22; Psalms 75-77
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