The Olympic Spectator

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

To become an Olympic athlete, you have to train. Michael Phelps was said to train for the Beijing Olympics by swimming 50 miles a week not including working out in the gym. This took a lot of self discipline as well as learning to “lay aside” nonessential things such as dating, movies, and etc so as not to be distracted from his goal of winning the gold. He even swam on Sundays so that he would have 52 more days of practice than his competitors. Why? He hated to lose.

We forget that we are all in a race as well. The prize is Jesus. Many of us have become “Couch Potato Christians” and great “spectators”. We do not engage. We do not train our minds or even spend more than 5 hours a week training to be a well-rounded Christian. We wonder why we lose our tempers, fail in our relationships, and are a bad example on most days. Jesus calls spectatorship “wicked” in Matthew 25:26 and encourages us to not sit on the sidelines.

We need to rise up to our calling. We may not be a famous gymnast or a world-reknown swimmer but God has given each one of us a gift. Some of us are good at speaking, teaching, telling others about God, welcoming new people, cooking, and building. Do we use any of these talents for the Lord or do we sit on the sidelines and watch others represent us?

What things in your life distract you from being a Great Christian?

Are you a Couch Potato Christian?

How many hours do you spend reading the Bible and going to church?

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