I’ve watched several sports movies and of course, in almost every sports movie, it happens. They’re talking about how big and bad their opponent is and the music starts. You know that music that just stirs ya. And the coach starts talking and he says, “We’re gonna all the way back to the basics. We’re gonna . . .” Then there’s this montage of the team or player exercising, training, exercising, running laps, doing some other crazy, strenuous, muscle-stretching, calorie-burning, uh, thing. And when the music stops they are all charged up and buff and ready to take on the opponent.
Now, let’s translate that into a spiritual setting. What just happened? If that situation was a spiritual one, we’d call it revival. You see, that team had grown kinda cold. They knew the age old techniques that they should have been using, but they had grown cold. The knew the exercises, but they weren’t doing them. They knew their stuff, but they weren’t putting it into practice.
As Christians, we can live our lives just like that. We can hear bible verse, listen to messages from pastors, and we can tell others how to live like a good Christian, while we neglect our own spiritual life. We can call ourselves Christians and yet pull ourselves from the fight of faith.
It’s high time we get back to the basics. It’s time we remember what we first learned. It’s time we start exercising ourselves unto godliness and unto living the talk that we’ve talked so long.
Examine your walk with Christ. Are you doing the things that you know are right? Are you exercising yourself unto godliness, or have you gotten spiritually flabby? If you find yourself lacking, I challenge you, decide to make a difference in your walk.
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” – Romans 13:11-14
You decide today who you will be tomorrow. What do you decide?