Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 21, 2011

Burning Bible Calories

I invested the first twenty-seven years of my ministry in Christian education. I absolutely loved mobilizing and equipping leaders, organizing small groups, starting new groups, vetting curriculum, making provision for growth, and also writing curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources. One of my top priorities through those years was finding creative ways to get folks out of the classroom and into the community, in other words, to move from the examination to the application of Scripture. One of my guiding verses for doing so was Ezra 7:10 — “For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). It’s not enough to study or to teach, we must actually apply or practice what we know.

I often told our leaders that if we were to stop studying the Bible it would still take us a lifetime to apply what we already know. Most of our folks have so many options for studying the Scripture that they could spend the remainder of their lives in small groups. And, I know more than a few who are determined to do just that. But if all we do is consume Bible calories and never do anything to burn those calories, then we actually risk becoming spiritually unfit and ineffective. If all we do is consume Bible facts and truths, then we will not make much of an impact in a world that needs to see the transforming power of God’s love in action in ways that are personal, practical, and measurable.

When it comes to burning Bible calories, I am especially encouraged by the Ladies Ministry at Kingsland. Our ladies do more than meet to study the Bible in small groups every Thursday morning. They have become a force for the Devil to contend with. Our ladies are actively engaged in our justice ministry and helping us to make a difference in the lives of young girls trapped in the dark world of sex trafficking. They are also involved in providing personal feminine hygiene items for low-income women in our community. These items are expensive for single moms and other women who are struggling to support their families on little income. And, our women are making a difference in the lives of students in inner-city schools.

Today, the ladies who study the Bible together every Thursday burned a lot of Bible calories. They traveled by caravan to Houston’s Third Ward to invest time in the students at the new Generation One Academy. In addition to doing some fun projects with the kids, they took time to do a little tutoring, provided a Chic-fil-A meal for the children and also a hot home-made meal for the teachers in three locations. Afterward they spent time with the kids on the playground. I was so encouraged by their work today. These suburban Moms blessed and encouraged lots of kids and teachers and also learned a little more about what life is like for the poor children who call the Third Ward their home. It was a great day for everyone involved. I am proud of our ladies for setting a great example of what it means to serve others. Their willingness to invest a day serving children and teachers in the Third Ward made a difference. May we follow their example and look for personal, practical, and measurable ways to burn Bible calories by being doers of the Word.

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