Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 7)
Practice the truth.
I John 1:6 (NKJV)
Everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
1 John 2:29 (NKJV)
Be holy, for I am holy.
1 Peter 1:16 (NKJV)
Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
Consider the time top athletes dedicate to practice. Consider their sacrifices. They give up many of the comforts most of us enjoy. Why? They know they have a talent, and they feel compelled to expand it: to go as far as possible, to reach for glory.
For instance, runners work to improve their nutrition, flexibility, balance, strength, stamina, stance, start, stride, strategy, pace, push, focus and finish. They refuse to settle. They desire to lead. Therefore, they must run in such a way as to get the prize.
Similarly, the process of holiness requires dedicated practice. Good habits must be made and maintained. Like what? Obvious ones include Bible study, prayer, praise, fasting, tithing and fellowship. Neglected ones include humility and godly correction.
Needful ones include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. Hard ones include self-control, self-denial and cross-carrying. The commissioned one is going into the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Good habits don't form themselves. As coaches expect their athletes to put in the time, the best Coach expects His players to put in their lives. You must practice holiness constantly. When (not if) you stumble, get up and try again.
Because the enemy will not cease in his efforts to distract, divert or discourage you. He'll try to snuggle you up in comforts, tie you up in chores, fatten you up in favors, pump you up in pride, sit you down for screen-time, or dummy you down in silence.
Therefore, continue in your efforts to act the parts and win the roles Jesus has called you to play.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.