Dress Like A Man
Dress like a man. This isn't God telling Job how great his manhood is. Actually, this is God telling Job how great his manhood isn't. God is putting Job in his place. Pastor Paul Tripp says that God tells Job to put his best "person pants" on, because He is going to ask him a couple of questions. See, God is drawing a line of distinction between a creature and a Creator. In the next verse God says, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding. Who determined the measurements? You surely know."
Does your fitness or general health as a dependent, created being help produce awe, wonder and worship inside you? Or does it produce a desire for you to be worshipped; for others to be in awe of your story and in wonder of your achievements. But God was doing for Job what we need to happen for us. Here's the picture God was painting: I'm God, you're not. Get dressed. Lift some weights. Get pumped. Feel the fullness of your manhood! Ready? Good. Because in all your "human" ability, you can't answer Me.
Awe, wonder, worship. That's what all this health stuff is about; to enable us to look up while being face down. The fitness industry - and even the "faith & fitness" industry - wants you to think it's about you; how you're enough. But in truth guys, it's when we realize that God is God, and we're not, that we actually get it; that our greatest achievements in life (especially our perception of physical strength) are a distraction if we allow them to be, especially when we buy the lie that we deserve anything. The line of distinction between the created (us) and the Creator (God) will never be crossed.
For Discussion: This week - thanks to our Founding Members - we plan to launch PrayFit Pioneer, and if there's anything I want to get across to the mainstream fitness industry is that we are NOT the point. PrayFit Pioneer - while a teaching tool of all things training and nutrition - will be a game changer of perspective for many people. Please help us pray for its launch. Over the next week, you'll be seeing emails in your inbox that are also going to thousands of others who don't know our message; who don't know what grace does to our paradigm of health. Whether you join the membership or not, please pray for all of those that have never known their health as a means of praise. Each week, the library of fitness, training, science and nutrition will grow, and it will all be nestled deep within the safe confines of the gospel. Will you help me?