MICHAEL’S MEDITATIONS, TUE., 12/8/2015
The champion weightlifter lifts far heavier weights during his training sessions than he will ever likely have the NEED to lift in any encounters he will have in ordinary life. Competition actually seems simple compared to the ardors of training.
The long distance runner trains harder, has more intense sprint sessions, and also likely cross trains in order to perform his or her best in competition. In fact, competition may seem mellow compared to the ardors of training.
The superior musician expends hours and hours of practice, perhaps even working on a single passage of music dozens or hundreds of times to perfect the performance. When it comes time to perform, the performance itself may seem like child’s play because the musician has adequately prepared.
Likewise, the conscientious Christian digs deep into the Word of God, deriving all he or she can prayerfully, and in the spirit of learning and memorizing, so that when the time comes to share the Gospel with those around him or her, the foundation has been laid for a spiritual, meaningful, fruitful witness.
2 Tim. 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Point being, friends, the Christian walk is not a life wherein we do just the bare minimum to get by. Gal. 6:7 says”…for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” We will be a blessing to both God and our fellow man precisely in accordance with how much time we spend with God the Father, in His Word, and in His service. Expend little effort, expect little fruit. Expend great effort with careful leading of Holy Spirit and expect mighty, meaningful things to happen according to the will of God.
This message applies to myself probably more than to any of you reading this, but I feel the Lord imploring me to write this this morning, so my prayer is that this would be uplifting and useful for someone out there today. God bless you and have a wonderful day!