2/17/13

3 Keys To Being God's Athlete



1] Humility 2] Faith 3] Perseverance
Humility
The secular definition of humility is “A modest or low view of one’s own importance.” Even though this lines up with the biblical definition of humility, the most important part is left out.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

By definition, we must humble, have a modest view of ourselves, and seek God’s face. True humility is saying, “I cannot, but God can.” Humility is not saying that you are weak and must submit to everything. In fact the bible tells us that humility will make us strong.

1 Peter 5:5 – “… God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Faith
Grace is given to the humble, but without faith there will never be grace.
Ephesians 2:8  – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.”
Just by humbling yourself you won’t become a Christian. It takes true faith that Jesus Christ has died for your sins, and that you’re forgiven. Humility is a giant aspect of faith though. The truly faithful can’t puff their chest out, pound it like a gorilla and say “I did this, that was all me.” In fact without God, we could not be humble nor forgiven.

Habakkuk 2:4 – “See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous will like by his faith—“

If your desires do not depend on humility or faith, then they cannot be of God. This could mean that being God’s athlete is sitting the bench and being a missionary. For some of us being God’s athlete requires us to leave the field. TRUE HUMILITY

Perseverance
If God is using you throughout your team and witness field, and you see fruits of the spirit, then you can know He is using you. We cannot sail on actions of the earlier season. As an athlete or a team, we don’t go far by winning early and then losing towards the end of the season. Continual effort is needed to keep your ministry victorious! So every day, try and talk to someone about Christ. Whether you’re sharing with an unbeliever, or strengthening a brother/sister in Christ stay persistent.

Colossians 1:11-12 – “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”

What sounds more appealing: someone who works at store but hates their job and just goes through the motions; or someone who works at a store and no matter what happens they carry a smile and try and assist everyone? Of course the second one is the more desired worker! Just like in our lives sometimes stuff happens. Push on with joy and patience. You are strengthened with all the power of the Father! Put on a smile and play for God.

Humility, faith, perseverance.

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.