Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought designed to help connect you with God, information about what’s going on at The Church at Clayton Crossings, and some fun facts to help us get to know one another.

 What I’m thinking:
Males and females are different. Perhaps you’ve noticed. And I’ve come to the conclusion that nobody understands women except four-year-old boys.

I had a conversation with my son when he was four (going on 47) that still stands as the wisest moment in our fifteen-year history. Mind you, I wasn’t the one dispensing wisdom–that was boy’s job, which he did with aplomb, thank you very much! He is exceptionally wise, especially in the ways of women. He says, and I quote, “They’re gross.” I really believe he may be the next Gandhi. Or maybe Dr. Phil.
Bryan dropped this prophetic bomb one day in the car on our way home from church (where he was clearly learning to love all people equally). When he announced that girls are gross, I responded in the only appropriate way. I asked, “Now, Bryan, you may be right, but what makes you say that?”
He gave a mischievous smirk and responded, “Well, boys are made of strong, cool stuff, but girls are made of mud and slime and wormies.” Impenetrable logic, indeed.

Like I said, nobody really understands women except four-year-old boys.

Now, I’m not trying to cause strife between you and the gender you’re not (notice my attempt to recover), but I want to point out that differences can be frustrating. This is especially true regarding the spiritual life. We want to honor God in every area of life, but distractions and the desires of the flesh prove to be major obstacles to our goal of becoming like Jesus. Sometimes, what we have to offer at the moment is altogether unlike the person we are desiring to imitate. How frustrating!

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

While it is true that the differences between Jesus and us are too many to name, we have been clothed in His righteousness. In other words, we get the benefit of the perfection of Jesus to become (albeit slowly sometimes) our new normal.

Take a moment to ask God to help you align your will to His perfect will. Through Jesus, we have been rescued from our old life to a much different life, one that is marked by hope, and joy, and peace. Perhaps recognizing the differences can help us be thankful for how Jesus is transforming us.

Romans 7:15-25 15 For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. 19 For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. 21 So I discover this principle:  When I want to do what is good, evil is with me. 22 For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God’s law. 23 But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.

What I need to remember:

  • OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Don’t have time to gather stuff for your shoebox but still want to give some hope to kids this Christmas? Take a few minutes to build your Operation Christmas Child shoebox online! Make sure you list The Church at Clayton Crossings as your home church, but you can start building right now…

What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to:

  • Live at the Tracking Room album by One Sonic Society. Some of the absolute best worship music, and I’m a music snob!
  • Emma and I have switched to Christmas music already. Don’t hate – we still love Thanksgiving, but we’re most thankful for songs about baby Jesus…

About me:
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.