Most of us are aware that there is a big football game on February 2, 2014. There will be two teams of players who are top athletes competing for the coveted title, “Super Bowl Champions”. We realize they didn’t start training last month for this but have put in years of effort in all areas of their lives to reach this level. Their training regiment has become their lifestyle, directed by a coach, and they focus fully on a plan in order to achieve their goals. They usually are blessed from birth with certain physical attributes that suit the position they play and they develop this God-given physique to the max. They are dedicated to their purpose and goal and don’t let the trappings of their surroundings distract them, (usually). These professional athletes stand out from other athletes and are cheered on by the millions who watch them perform from the stands or through the media.
Can we compare Christianity to super athletes? Does God want us to “perform” at that level? Can we do it? Are we willing? Let’s look at the comparison. When we’re saved, we have our own plan developed by our “coach”, (God), which is designed to take us from babies to top performers comparable to Jesus. “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40). God wants us all to be part of a powerful Heavenly team on earth to defeat the enemy and carry out God’s plan. So, what does it take?
To be a super Christian, we must dedicate ourselves to “the Plan”. We must do whatever Coach God says; study, train, practice, and prepare for the next game. The super athlete doesn’t sit on the couch and pray for big muscles, he has to get up and work! It’s the same with aspiring super Christians. Sure we must pray but there’s so much more to it than that. We have to study, work, practice, go through testing over and over again as we develop and move from “glory to glory”, (2 Corinthians 3:18). It’s hard and sometime it hurts. It takes sacrifice and a lifestyle change to be successful.
Not very many athletes make it to the Super Bowl. However we can all make it to the Heavenly Super Game but some will be watching and others playing. What about you?