Finding God's Winning Spirit

Make No Mistake

April 24, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity

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Make no mistake about it – performance is as important in the Christian life as it is in sports. One of the questions we need to ask ourselves as brothers and sisters in Christ is, “What difference does our performance make as Christians?” The answer to that is found in Matthew 28:19, “…  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Our performance is paramount in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Make no mistake about it – performance is as important in the Christian life as it is in sports.  I mean we all understand what happens if a lineman misses his block or a goalie leaves his position in sports, but does our performance really matter in the Christian life? In other words if we do not reach out to someone in need, will someone else do it in our stead? If God calls me to share or model Christ with my neighbor and I balk, will that opportunity come again?  

In both sports psychology and the Christian life the goal is to not only discover but maximize one’s potential as it relates to performance. This is what a coach and God requires from those of us who want to participate.  For athletes or Christians to achieve high levels of performance they need to not only perceive their potential they must evaluate their level of performance. 

Make no mistake about it – performance is as important in the Christian life as it is in sports. In sports psychology self-actualization is about “fully realizing one’s potential” as it relates to performance. In the Christian life a high level of performance is not the goal but rather the by-product of our calling and potential, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10).

Make no mistake about it – performance is as important in the Christian life as it is in sports.

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