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Weightier Matters



by Jeri Johnson

a The Kids & Me contributor


One of the most relaxed services that I have experienced at Central Church

was a Wednesday night prayer meeting. Pastor Livingston came

down from the pulpit, mingled with the crowd, and answered any questions

that we had.


Someone asked him about the nature of our resurrection bodies. The

Pastor replied that we would basically look as we do now. I leaned over and

said to the person sitting beside me, “I was hoping that I would not be

overweight.” As soon as those words left my mouth, I felt a spirit of

conviction.





There I would be anticipating the sight of the risen Christ, the highlight of

the Christian experience, and the only thing that I would be concerned

about would be what I looked like. Should I not be more concerned with my

spiritual self? Was I a guide to the blind and a light to those in darkness?

Did I feed the poor and clothe the naked? Did I pray without ceasing? Or

was I more concerned about “hitting the gym” and counting calories?


There is nothing wrong with having a healthy body. After all, we are the

temple of the Holy Spirit. But, as Paul reminds us, "bodily exercise profits a

little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having a promise of the life

that now is and of that which is to come" (1 Timothy 4:8). The Bible has little

to say about what Christ looked like. But the verses written about His character

are many. If we Christians are “Christ-like”, should not our priorities be the

same? As we grow to Christian maturity, let us conduct ourselves in such

a way that the world does not see us but Christ Who is in us. Then it will not

matter what we look like.


“Beloved, now are we children of God; and it has not yet been

revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we

shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” ~1 John 3:2

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