Merkins went into plank set (left, middle, right, 6 inches then repeat)
Moved to grass for LBCs + overhead claps sets tat doubled in count with each set
Used the whole parking lot for 4 corners (AO, Panera, Pier 1, TJ Maxx)
1. 20 merkins
2. 20 SSH
3. 20 calf raises
4. 20 shoulder claps
1st lap was a run, 2nd was a nur
Headed over to the fountain for erkins, durkins and dips in various counts. Burgundy successfully demonstrated a cross fountain bear crawl over the water…quite impressive.
Ab lab around the fountain, thanks to Popeye, Smiley Face and others for helping lead the cadences.
Two laps around the parking lot and back to the AO
The 3rd F
1 Kings 19:19-21
19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”
“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”
21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.
The opening question to the PAX was what examples can you provide of ministry you are active in? There were greeters, hospitality, mercy ministries, a newly elected deacon, musician and teachers. However, there were several comments about ministry in the home and sharing testimonies of God’s work in your own life. In the text today, Elisha is called into full time ministry. Called to leave everything and everyone he holds dear (family) so he can work along side and eventually succeed Elijah as prophet for the nation of Israel. he would be an apprentice for years, maybe a decade plus but when Elijah placed his cloak over Elisha it was symbolic of His (Elisha’s) call. Elisha was a farmer; he was found plowing behind 12 pair of oxen. He followed 24 oxen around all day and the view of oxen butt never changed. I like routine and normal, my wife can tell you I don’t handle big changes well even when it’s good change. I’m sure Elisha was there. He was skilled as a farmer, as driving 24 oxen with a plow takes years of work to master, I can’t imagine but in one day he was called to leave his normal behind. That scares the mess out of me. What about you? I can only assume that 99.999999% of us will never be called to leave our careers, family, sell everything and head out to foreign country ‘X’ to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
But what about where you and I are today as followers of Christ?
We’re called to follow Jesus. Jesus called the first 12 disciples into ministry by stating two words, “Follow me” with no job description, comp plan, housing or transportation guarantees. It is no less for you and I today. We’re called to be faithful where He has us, which is mainly in our homes.
Points of consideration
1. God never calls us to sacrifice our families on the altar of ministry. If you’re neglecting your family for ministry or work or hobbies, you need to drop some things, repent to your wife and family and be home more.
2. If you look at the qualifications of church office (elder & deacon) in Titus 1 & 1 Timothy 3, the qualifications all have to do with our ministry within the home and family. There’s no sense in engaging in church leadership if you aren’t ministering properly at home.
3. We’re called to be priest, prophet and king at home. To serve, not rule in these roles.
a. Priest – to pastor our homes by loving on our wife and kid(s). Praying for them, with them and over them daily. Encouraging them in their relationship with Christ, inviting the Holy Spirit in your home and their lives. Setting an example of repentance, reconciliation and humility.
b. Prophet – Ministry of the Word of God. Family devotional time, reading God’s word together, asking what they’re talking about in Sunday school, youth group, etc. Reading the word over your wife and child(ren), declaring God’s promises in their lives and over their circumstances
c. King – Administration of your home regarding time, finances and safety.
I. Is family time a priority?
II. Do you eat meals together, spend time together besides TV & movies?
III. How’s the checkbook doing?
IV. Are you in debt with little to no savings?
V. How are you spending you money?
VI. Are you tithing (or giving) to the church? Why not? (Hint…we’re called to be faithful managers over God’s resources; it’s His not ours anyway)
VII. Does your wife feel safe physically, emotionally, financially?
VIII. Do your kids feel safe around you? Are you approachable or are you the scary, mean Dad?
Our family is our greatest ministry and will largely go unnoticed in the world. It’s a thankless job most days but we’re called to be faithful where we are. One day at a time, as some days the hardest thing to do is to put your feet on the floor and do it all over again.
Thanks for letting me lead this morning, Italian Job
Boomer (Andy Shook)