“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”—Matthew 26:41
How many of us can identify with this scripture? Are we just like the disciples who, though willing in spirit, were weak in body, unable to do what the Lord has asked of them? In this passage from Matthew, Jesus had wanted the disciples to keep watch-to be aware-of what was happening around them. These disciples, who were willing in spirit to follow Jesus, were not able to carry out the task set before them due to weakness of their flesh-they were just plain tired! Does that sound familiar? Is your spirit willing, but your body weak? Do you feel like you are being led by this willing spirit to do something for which your body is not prepared? There have been times that I have felt this way. I know that God has placed me in the position of ministering to my husband and children but sometimes lack the energy to keep up with the “duties” this requires. To be completely honest, I, like the disciples in the garden, get just plain tired! Maybe you can identify with being fatigued by the things you feel called to do. Or, perhaps, your willing spirit is calling you to do other things: a 5k for Charity, help build homes for Habijax, or work with Children’s Ministry- but you are hesitant to do these things because you believe you are not capable, that your body is not able, it is too weak, too stiff, too old, too young. We have fallen into the temptation to believe that we cannot. But, if we He calls us, then we can! God will not ask us to do anything without equipping us—but how, how can we prepare our bodies to move freely with our willing spirit? According to this verse, the first step is to watch (become aware) and pray (engage the Breath of the Holy Spirit.)
In its first session of 2011, COREpilates will focus on becoming aware, engaging the CORE for support and stability as we learn to move with the breath through the lives for which God has called us. Please join us Thursday evenings at Southside United Methodist Church from 6:45-7:30pm for this faith-focused Pilates class as we learn to RESTORE our CORE- for our fitness, for our Faith. To find out more about COREpilates principles, check out the COREprinciples and COREbasics links on the blog homepage. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904)635-7553.
In HIS Strength,
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a WILLING SPIRIT to sustain me.” -Psalm 51:10, 12