United Core

Monday Morning Commentary

Core by definition is, “The central or most important part of something.” It’s critical that in every aspect of our lives that our core is strong. Our core supports our bellies and backs. Our bellies control our appetites, and our backs control our aptitudes or the load we can carry. 

Having a strong core with controlled appetites keeps us from destroying ourselves. 

As it is noted in Numbers 11:33-34 - “But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague. So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving.” 

As a community, we need to come together knowing that we have wrong appetites and confess so that we can exchange our wrong appetites for His grace. As it reads in Philippians 2:12-13: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” 

When we come to Jesus, unashamed, confessing that of our own cravings and appetites, we are giving Him permission to change us of these motives and break us of these cravings. 

With regard to instruction on how we are to steward our aptitude, lets look at Philippians 1:27-28, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.” 

In this passage, Paul is telling the church that their primary citizenship is in the kingdom of God. As citizens of his kingdom, we are to live empowered lives so that we can conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of him and act in unity. When our core is strong, we can stand fast in a posture that is pleasing to the Lord. 

The core is essential because: 

  • The Core affects a person’s posture 

  • The Core brings alignment 

  • The Core is a stabilizer for movement 

  • The Core transfers force from one extremity to another 

  • The Core initiates movement 

Our core strength as individuals and a community needs to strong and stable. 

Our core values at DP are: 

  • Discipleship 

  • Worship 

  • Fellowship 

  • Stewardship 

Our ability to produce force in the right direction is dependent on how strong we are at the core. 

This week, apply this message to your daily activities. Be encouraged. Be transparent and allow the ministry of the Holy Spirit to reveal wrong appetites and increase your aptitude.

Savanna Brown