“The only exercise some Christians get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, sidestepping responsibility, and pushing their luck.”
This anonymous quote bites hard, doesn’t it? As believing Christians, we are to live our lives as ambassadors of Jesus Christ. Our lives should be a beacon of light in an otherwise dark world. But sometimes, our best intentions go awry. We may become judgmental, overly critical, and narrow-minded of other’s viewpoints and lifestyles. Instead of love and compassion, we may paint an ugly and dark picture of the exact opposite of what we are attempting to achieve. And how do we respond? We think that if we read the Bible more or try just a bit harder, God will change us. But it is not at all about our efforts.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus:not with uncertainty. Thus I fight:not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
It is more than just reading the Bible, attending a Church fellowship, or participating in outreach activities. All of these are important. But it is the goal that is most important. Why do we do it? The Bible makes it very clear; the objective is to remain faithful to God until the very end of our lives on this earth. All of these exercises train us to completely yield ourselves to God’s will. It is difficult, yes, but we do not do it alone. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells within you and empowers you to become more Christ-like.
Exercise your privilege to walk like Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.