Athletes who really want to win… train their body. They discipline themselves everyday to prep for a game.
A Sports team that wants to win demands a strict and purposeful training schedule so that everyone is in top shape individually and as a team on Game Day..
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 (Amplified Version) Paul writes:
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.
25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.
26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary.
27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].
This week I had the privilege to attend Teen Camp up in Brooksville with our Church. There were so many Godly leaders up there that reflect His love so strongly. God’s love was so evident in their lives. They were such a positive example and inspiration to me and my life. I want mywalk to be closer to Jesus like theirs.
For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit[consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.
Training as an athlete is to have definite aim and to have a plan of action. To attend the practices and work hard for a goal. It’s to put off the pleasure now for a greater reward later. It consists of workouts,stretches and scrimmages. It involves commitment and time on the field on a regular basis.
I am planning my personal quiet time with God for the early mornings and making it a priority in my schedule. I am filling out my calendar with church events to stay plugged in. I am committing my time and making it a priority to be at church and invest myself in Kingdom Purposes. I am going to spend more time with my Christian friends. I need more of Jesus and I am going to make it happen. If I just live by how I feel each day then nothing will get done and nothing will change. I can not get the results if I just live by my feelings everyday and not discipline myself with a purposeful plan.
What is your plan of action to grow stronger in your faith, to become what God has put on your heart? How are you going to make sure you are the best that God wants you to be and follow His plan for your life?