WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A CHAMPION IN ANY GIVEN SPORT PART 2
THE OPTION OF TRAINING
In Part one of this lesson, we taught you that as a believer, we must have a champion mindset to compete the Christian life. The race that all Christians need to prepare themselves for is the calling of God. What does it take to be a champion in a given sport? For one, it is necessary to have a dedication to succeed no matter what the cost. A passion for the game is certainly essential, as is a single-minded determination to accomplish the task. A willingness to train incessantly is required. In addition, a burning desire for the trophy or prize awarded to the one who wins is an absolute must.
We concluded Part One with spiritual fitness, or godliness, has lasting value. Its benefits carry the believer through this life and the life to come. As believers, we should prepare ourselves spiritually for the challenges and battles of our Christian walk. Paul urged us to get in shape and stay in shape. He also reminded us that the option to do this was a choice each one of us must make. No one can force us to do it. Therefore, we must get a good understanding of what this type of teaching is all about and why it is being taught to you.
The first thing we must realize is this, although we may be saved, training is not a requirement; it’s an option. In 1 Timothy 4:6, Paul used an interesting phrase to advise Timothy on how to minister to the people of God. He said, if Timothy put the brethren “in remembrance of these things,” he would be a good minister. Paul was a veteran spiritual leader, speaking to a spiritual son. He told Timothy that as a leader and pastor of God’s people at Ephesus, there were several things he must do.
First, he was to keep the brethren in remembrances of godly behavior. Paul did not tell Timothy to order God’s people to be godly, but instead to bring the things they needed for godliness to their remembrance. Now let’s think about this for a minute, in our daily walk with God, and as we attend our churches mostly on Sunday Mornings, your Pastors are doing what Paul is doing in bringing forth what God has already given you to your remembrances. This is the job that God has given to his servants, to bring forth the things you need for godliness to your remembrances. The phrase put in remembrance means “to lay or spread before someone.” It does not suggest a forceful command, but an exhortation, counsel, or advice. It lies somewhere between a warning and a suggestion. Paul wanted Timothy to keep his flock reminded of what they were already supposed to be, to keep their goal before them, and to encourage them in their walk with Christ. If the focus and spotlight could be kept on what they knew about God, they would be motivated to godliness. Timothy was charged to persuade, rather than command.
Let me encourage all believers, as you sit and listen to your Pastors preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, keep this message here of what they are doing in the fore front of your mind. Their job is to equip you with knowledge, exhort, counsel and advice, all to bring to your remembrance of how you must learn how to live a godly life.
Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking. For additional info on SALVATION IS FREE, click on this link: http://www.vineandbranchworldministries.com/salvation-is-free/
If you have not experienced the life saving blood of Jesus Christ, stop and take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, “you are saved,” and now have eternal life. Seek out a Bible Teaching Church that you may fellowship with other believers and return here daily for the truth of God’s word as it has been given to you by Paul, one of Jesus Disciples.
May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain your brother Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!
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