Fully Able To Be An Olympic Winner

August 5, 2012

Friends,
I liked the Google artwork yesterday of the Olympian pole-vaulter because it reminded me of the numerous times I’ve used such an analogy when witnessing.  I’ve likened this sport to how the Holy Spirit helps us overcome sin and thereby rise to the requirement of perfection that Christ commands.  (Matt. 5:48)  Of course we can’t be perfect in holiness any more than some little girl can scale over a 10+ foot bar.  It’s impossible.  However… with practice, she can!  But is it by practicing on her own, or does she need something to help her?  Of course she needs a pole –a special pole.  But is it enough to just have the pole and then to, one summer, decide that she wants the Gold Medal?  Of course not.  She has to practice.  She has to train.  She must develop her muscles and learn to use the pole correctly.  She must have determination, as well as commitment, to get really good.  It also helps to have extra encouragers –such as a coach, supportive parents, and others.

Our spiritual muscles are developed similarly as we run for the prize of our eternal inheritance.  (Phil. 3:12-14)  We must stay committed.  We must listen to our Coach, and in His power, put to practice what we learn.  We not only won’t get far if we’re lazy, but our Coach will definitely not be pleased with us, and He will even scratch us from His team if we don’t repent and obey His instructions.  (John 15:6 // Rev. 3:5)  If we do not run in such a way as to get the prize, we will find that we have disqualified ourselves.  (1 Cor. 9:24-27 // 2 Tim. 2:5)

Let us train ourselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7) by going to our Coach daily and doing exactly what He says.  He will remind us of our spiritual weapons, encourage us, and give us His power to extinguish all evil darts and put to death any corrupt desire that tries to sprout up.  He will give us His energy to pursue integrity, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness, and all the fruit of the Spirit.  (1 Tim. 6:11 // Gal. 5:22-25)  And because He is the Conqueror, we can, by being unified with His Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), become Gold Medalists in His Kingdom (1 John 4:4 & 5:3,4) –that is, people who daily please God by being in His will at all times, and who thus inherit eternal life.  (Matt. 7:21 // 1 John 2:17)  Praise our mighty and compassionate God!

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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