Core Value: Pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you

It is my common observation that Christians very often fall prey to one of two equally damaging extremes where their life, calling and purposes are concerned. They mean well. I guess that when they are faced with great opportunity or even great trials they lose their balance.

This particular concept has begun to get much clearer to me then it has in the past. A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to live a long time. I know that this seems like an obvious decision but I am surprised at all the people who would say the same thing and yet do nothing to ensure that it is even a remote possibility. Well I was not going to be one of those people so I joined a new local gym called “The Rush”. And so my journey towards a successfully healthy life began.

This is the first time I will be in any decent physical condition in the past 10 years. I have really let myself go. I have made attempts in the past ten years but with no actual results. I had changed my eating habits on some occasions and exercised on others but to no avail. Then the frustration sets in. I mean I have tried everything the experts suggest for getting into shape but it doesn’t seem to work for me. Maybe it’s me. Maybe my chemistry is different than everyone else’s. Even though I was in shape at one point in my life, maybe I’m not supposed to be anymore. Or maybe, just maybe I dieted at the neglect of exercise and exercised at the neglect of dieting. Could it be that both were necessary for real results? So there you have it. I have cracked the code to a healthy physical life. First you must be consistent about what you put in your body (diet) and second you must be persistent about what you give out (exercise).

Our spiritual life depends on this very same code. You cannot be healthy spiritually simply by serving all the time, you must be getting a healthy diet through prayer and study of God’s Word. Don’t stone me yet but the reverse is also true. If all you do is put in and never give out you will become a fat, tired Christian. Jesus might have said it this way: Love God (diet), love your people (exercise).

One last thought. Since this is a core value of our entire church, both individually and organizationally, I thought I should explain what this means to us in terms of mission and ministry. It’s simple really and maybe even a bit cliché. At LifePoint we will do everything in our own power to accomplish the important mission that God has given us while depending on God to do what we are unable to do. This means we cover everything with prayer and we work like lives depend on it…because they do.