Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV)
As one who worked as a coach for decades, I am very familiar with the importance of physical/sport training. We do endurance training (running, cycling, swimming, etc.) to strengthen our heart and lungs. We do weight training to strengthen our muscles. We do sport training to become more proficient in our sports performance.
But when it comes to our spiritual lives, do we make time to train ourselves spiritually in order to better flex our faith? Here are three training tips.
Walk with the Lord
The only way to walk consistently with the Lord is to keep our focus on the Lord. When we are in step with Jesus, we will not stumble because of an unexpected doctor’s report, a financial shortfall, or a relationship road block.
Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
Wait on the Lord
Waiting seems contrary to any kind of training program. Waiting can feel like nothing is happening besides losing valuable time that we can never recover. But make no mistake, waiting on the Lord is one of the most productive aspects of spiritual training to flex our faith.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Witness for the Lord
Witnessing for the Lord is one of the primary things we were saved to do. Before Jesus left this earth, He gave His disciples—both then and now—the Great Commission. Sadly, for far too many, the Great Commission has turned into “the Great Omission.” From fear of rejection to not wanting to be seen as offensive, many Christians do not flex their faith by witnessing for Jesus Christ. Yet this call has been placed on the life of every person who has placed their trust in Him for eternal life.
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
When you walk with, wait on, and witness for the Lord, you will be strengthening your spiritual muscles and so be better able to flex your faith and bless all those you come in contact with.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!