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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Philippians 2:12-...
Track 7 of in the series
Running time: 50 minutes, 59 seconds.
Unfortunately many Christians divorce their job-lives from their God-lives. What is sad about this is, a huge portion of our day is working at our jobs. And this leaves a big question for Christians to consider, how can I work out my salvation if I dont include my daily job for Jesus In fact, the bigger question also includes my ministry, fun and life.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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What do you do for a living? How many have asked that question before or had it asked of you? What do you say?

I am fascinated with Christians at times on how small we think or how shortsighted we are. I do the same thing myself. I am more into what I do here on earth for myself than I am on what I do for God.

Vocation or calling is about much more than what we do. It is one person – God – calling to another person – me. Cooperating with God, growing in Him for the sake of others, is our singular vocation, no matter what we do to get a paycheck. Todd Hunter

Basically what Todd is saying, you and I are in full time ministry. We are God’s missionaries here on earth through the work we do.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Unfortunately many Christians divorce their job-lives from their God-lives. What is sad about this is, a huge portion of our day is working at our jobs. And this leaves a big question for Christians to consider, how can I work out my salvation if I don’t include my daily job for Jesus? In fact, the bigger question also includes my ministry, fun and life. Paul states it this way:

Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Work Out Your Salvation: That is an interesting phrase. Paul does not mean that we are to work our way to heaven. No amount of work (being good and doing good things) will ever earn us a spot in heaven. The same man who calls Christians to work out their salvation also stated this:

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We do not do good things to get to heaven, we do good things because we already have heaven. Salvation, eternal life being with God in heaven are gifts to us. There is no amount of work we can perform to ever earn heaven. Paul tells us to stop working like that. But he does tell us to workout. In fact, Paul states in the Ephesians passage to do the workout already prepared in advance for us.

In the CrossFit world, there are so many terms and acronyms a person has to learn besides the proper ways to workout. It took me many weeks to begin to understand what everyone was talking about. Acronyms like EMOM, AMRAP and PR. But the most famous acronym is WOD – Work Out of the Day.

The thing that makes the CrossFit concept so popular and different from other gyms or exercise facilities is the WOD. On a given day, the WOD is for everyone. No matter where you are at in your workout skills, how good a shape you are in or how long you have been working out, everyone does the WOD. Sam Dancer does the WOD, you do the WOD, everyone does the WOD and we all do it together. Not all of us are on the same level but the WOD determines the day. Depending on what the WOD is, the workouts are scaled. But we all do the WOD.

What Philippians 2 is for the Christian, the WOD is for CrossFitters. The WOD is a workout already prepared for us to do. At QTown, Andrew Baker prepares the WOD and everyone does it. In Christianity, God prepares the WOD and every Christian does it. And we all do it together. It is much easier to do things that seem impossible at first with someone else who is in the same situation and can cheer you on. That is the dynamic of CrossFit. That is also the dynamic of the church.

Basically, we are spiritually out of shape humans who were called by God to come workout FOR Him. His WOD is hard at first but we are not evaluated by how perfect we are in doing it, but by how much we improve each day to be like Him as we do the WOD. In the CrossFit world. I am not Sam Dancer nor will I ever get to that level, but I still do the WOD. The excitement I get is by how I improve every day. As a Christian, I get excited with the WOD God gives me by how much I improve everyday though the work of the Holy Spirit.

So, what is the WOD in your life? What is your Workout of the Day? What does it look like and what does it include?

On a scale from 1-10, how good of shape are you physically? Why?
On a scale from 1-10, how good of shape are you spiritually? Why?

Basically, the WOD is the practice of lifting and moving using well developed skills that help a person become stronger, flexible and more mobile. Often the WOD is a series of EMOMs and AMRAPs. But included with that is a clear understanding and devotion to the proper diet. Diet is huge when working to be physically fit. Facts about our eating habits

• At least 1 in 4 people eat some type of fast food every day.
• The average American consumes nearly one ton of food. That’s 1,996 pounds of food a year.
• Americans consume 31% more packaged food than fresh food.
• 20% of all American meals are eaten in the car.
• Americans spend 10% of their disposable income on fast food every year.

True or False: You are what you eat.

If this is true, then who are you based on your eating habits? How much of your life’s work is affected by your eating habits? Are there things you can’t do anymore because of your diet?

Diet is just not about what we eat, it is the total of what we consume, body, mind and spirit. Our diet determines the energy levels we get to do our workouts. If the good food is consumed, then our body will function properly. If we allow all sorts of disgusting things to enter our bodies, it will be very difficult and painful to complete the WOD.

God’s WOD: We are ministers of reconciliation. We are Christ’s ambassadors.

Basically it includes 4 things.

• Learning the basic moves and skills to perform the WOD and change the diet: God’s Word teaches us what he wants us to know. Change what we consume.

Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV) Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

• EMOM (Every minute on the minute): Whatever we do, whatever we say, whom ever we meet and whenever these happen, our determination is to present Christ. Every minute of every day, we strive to be more and more like Him.

Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV) Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Philippians 1:27 (NIV) Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

• AMRAP (As many reps as possible): To win as many as I can to Christ. Take as many people with me to heaven. 1 more, always one more than before.

Romans 1:16 (NIV) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Acts 20:24 (NIV However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.)

• PR (Personal Record): Our goal at the end of the WOD is the PR. It is an exciting thing to experience a PR. Our goal at the end of the WOD is to PR on behalf of Jesus. Not only finish the day, but to make this day a better day than yesterday. I influenced one more person for Christ, I will do even better tomorrow.