Are You in Shape for the "Faith Olympics"?
Today, we are going to talk a bit about sports and the trials that we confront during our walk of faith.
Often, before we can say, “‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’” (the Bible, 2 Timothy 4:7), we must say, ‘“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’” (the Bible, Philippians 3:12-14)
In most cases, before standing on the podium, we must first seek out the victory. The analogy between sports and our faith is very relevant. Paul even uses this image to illustrate the Christian life as a whole.
When you put your faith into action, you have to fight against invisible but very real adversaries: enemies, unbelief, temptations, sickness, states of heart and mind, etc. The Christian’s training is these trials. So many tests of your faith face you, a real obstacle course every day.
A champion does not become a champion (either of the faith or in sports) by lounging on a couch and channel surfing! A champion trains every day, suffers, in order to surpass himself and improve his performance...to finish the race and bring back the prize. Don’t dread the trials, don’t be afraid to run the good race, fight the good fight, in order to win the victory!
Take a look at the bleachers in the stadium where you’re running. Jesus is there to support and empower you in this race!
Keep running your race!
And if you need a prayer to help you on your course, try this: “Jesus, I put my faith into action today. I know my training as a Christian is these trials, and I choose not to dread them...I will fight the good fight! Thank You for empowering me and being with me through it all! In Your name, amen.”
Thanks for existing!
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