- Coach Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
1. Why does He test our Faith
2. How does He test our Faith
3. What is the result of our faith being tested (that’s this Blog)
(<== Coach Tom Landry, September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000)
As with everything God does – timing is critical. I had this conversation almost a month ago and we conclude with the Super Bowl! Timing.
Fun fact: God loves football and we can learn about His desires for us through the Super Bowl. Don’t believe me? Read on …
Both teams have played hard, made mistakes, been up, been down, suffered injuries, withstood trials, played in the heat and cold.
They’ve been disappointed, elated, but they worked hard to get where they are right now!
Both teams have “PAID THE PRICE” to finish at the top!
Champions aren’t born, “THEY ARE MADE!” Every single one of the players on both teams will tell you they “EARNED” the spot on Sunday.
They weren’t born that way but they trained, pushed, stretched & made themselves “CHAMPIONS.”
The Bible has “CHAMPIONS” – people God used in ways that glorified Him
David, Peter, Mark, James & John, there were all “CHAMPIONS!” But God pointed one out that resonated with me: Paul
A passage brought to my mind:
2 Timothy 4:7-8. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Therefore is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
God intends that all of us become “CHAMPIONS” and we have to take “INITIATIVE” in order for us to become the “CHAMPIONS” God made us to be!
All of those players in this Sunday’s game weren’t born “CHAMPIONS!” They had to dig deep within themselves in order for the “CHAMPION” to come out the way God intended!
They studied to be “CHAMPIONS!” They practiced to be “CHAMPIONS!” They even gave up things and suffered in order to be “CHAMPIONS”!
It’s just that simple! Take a good introspective look inside and choose to be a “CHAMPION!”
Is it easy, is it simple, is it fun all the TIME! NO, BUT THE PAY-OFF IS THE “CHAMPIONSHIP!”
In order to be a “CHAMPION” you have choices; otherwise you’re just getting by!
I asked, “What if I make the wrong Choice?” Answer: The Worst Choice Is Making “No” Choice At All!
I also heard, “Akhil, you’ll never make a decision alone! I will always be by your side in order to help you so don’t quit on Me!”
Not “QUITTING” is more than just “DETERMINATION!” It is the “ESSENCE OF FAITH!”
Paul’s faith in god was greater than his suffering! Paul was determined to “finish!”
“FINISHING” is not just a part of winning! it is the “ESSENCE OF WINNING!” without “FINISHING” there would be no “champion!” and without faith, there is no “FINISHING.”
OUR GREATEST GOAL IN LIFE SHOULD BE TO PLEASE GOD! THEREIN LIES THE “SUPER BOWL VICTORY OF LIFE!”
“YOU” have a “CHOICE” to make! Are you going to “CHOOSE” to be a “CHAMPION” or are you just going to be one of those who just gets by? Takes the easy way. Paul was not one to take the EASY WAY! I could say there was NO EASY WAY but there always is an EASY WAY!
Others chose the “EASY WAY” to obscurity, never heard of again! Never making an impact or even a dent on the world for Christ!
I plan on using my ALS to keep me in the fight and make an impact for His kingdom. The easy way is to stay down for the count, pity myself and do nothing. Everyone will understand and support my choice. I say everyone, but Christ! He won’t understand. He is walking with me. He is carrying me. He is asking me to choose to be a “CHAMPION!”
How about “YOU?” ARE “YOU” A “CHAMPION?” MORE IMPORTANTLY: WILL “YOU” BE A “CHAMPION?”