It was the first practice of the football season. The captain of the team was trying to impress his fellow teammates with his leadership skills. Pacing back and forth in front of the team, he was doing his best to get them excited. Finally, as his voice reached a level of great intensity, he shouted, “We’ll win because we have the will to win!”
The coach, looking rather amused said, “Don’t fool yourself, son. The will to win is important. But more important than the will to win is the importance to surrender to hard work, sore muscles, aching joints, sweat running into your eyes, and long hours of studying our plays.” In other words, winning requires hard work – not simply a will.
What is required of athletes who want to be victorious on a football field is true of the Christian who is called to live a victorious life for Christ. Paul said, “Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important for it promises a reward in this life and the life to come.”
Spiritual exercise - studying God’s Word, praying, worshiping, fellowship, and serving Him as well as others - and the desire to achieve success for the Christian does not come easy or simply being willing. It requires a life of discipline and surrender to the will of God. Paul reminds us, however, that if we do the “required work” we will be rewarded in this life and the life to come.
Prayer: Lord, You never promised us a life of ease. But for Your sake, we ask for Your strength and power to live a life that is worthy of You and victorious over sin. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important for it promises a reward in this life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8