On Sunday Millions of people from around the world, watched the Super Bowl game and witness some of the World’s greatest athletes play in a game that each person wanted to win. They had practice and prepared their bodies and minds to be champions of their sports team. They all were running in a game to win.
Today as believers we too are running in a game to win. Our job is to win souls for Christ, and in order to do that we must be prepared physically and spiritually in the same manner as an athletic. We must train daily our Minds and Body to go the distance.
But be aware that exercise is never done in the actual competition. It only prepares you for the competition. Once the contest starts, it’s too late to get into shape. When the bell rings, or the first gun goes off, it’s too late to try and get in fifty crunches or a set of leg lifts. After the coin is tossed and positions are taken, this is not the time for skipping rope or jumping jacks. You have to be in shape before the game starts to have a chance at winning.
Therefore, let us understand that getting in shape spiritually should be goal number one if we are going to play in the Super Bowl as Champions of the Soul Winning Team. Spiritual exercise begins with Bible study, prayer, meditation, and fasting. It continues when we practice instant obedience to God’s will. We expand that exercise by allowing God to reign in our lives.
Spiritual exercise is to be woven into the very fabric and foundation of our lives. That requires commitment, discipline, perseverance, and long suffering. We only grow to be the people God wants us to be when we allow our exercise to secure our foundations and stretch our abilities.
It is no accident that Paul used an athletic metaphor to describe the pursuit of godliness. Paul knew there was the potential for victory or loss, so to assure our victory in this spiritual contest, he warned us to exercise. In 1Timothy 4:7 he used the verb train, which is the Greek word gumnazo, which is where we get our word gymnasium. The word speaks of not just training, but of “the focused discipline behind the training.” Discipline demands commitment and consistency. You will never become godly by accident-an attitude of discipline must precede the pursuit of godliness.
When you take the field of Soul Winning, you got to be a godly person, one who has been properly trained and discipline in the Word of God. You are running to win souls for the Kingdom of God in the Super Bowl game of Eternal Life.