Our Olympic Workout

The Winter Olympics took place in China in February 2018.

Only the best athletes needed apply.

What makes the Olympics special is the access the world’s athletes have to compete against one another. It’s the best in each field up against the very best.

Even when the athletes arrive at the Games, their workout schedules continue. They must sharpen their competitive edge until the final moment of their performance.

It’s the only way to take home the gold.

How do Christians prepare for our spiritual Olympics? We are in a competition, all on the same team, and other teams, equally honed, will try to best us in every arena of life.

Our job is to be better than they are.

Titus 2:11-12 gives us our workout plan.

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”

In these two verses, we are given a 5-step plan for success.

1. We must renounce living for instant pleasure.

2. We can no longer be controlled by worldly passions.

3. Our impulses must be under our control.

4. We must keep our lives unstained by wrongdoing.

5. Our words and actions must be modeled after Christ.

We can’t accept salvation and return to our couch-potato lifestyles. Our training takes place when we get up in the morning, are on the way to work, and when we’re in a conference with our co-workers. We hone our skills every moment of the day, so we can take home the gold.

When we win for Christ, our gold medal is eternal life with our King.

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Excerpt of the Day

When the death of trust scars our hearts, we must find even greater kindness to heal the wound.

From Bitter Waters Made Sweet,  Posted 16 January 2014