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What Will You Reap?

Being six weeks into our new year, I’m guessing that most of you have selected your 2013 “A” races.  Many of you are also already training for these races and the coming season.  As you consider your preparations, I’m hoping that none of you are intentionally sitting around, watching racing on TV while eating pizza and doughnuts, hoping (praying?) for a supernatural miracle on race day.  While the Lord could instantly prepare you for a marathon win, I’m confident this training strategy will more than likely result in significant pain and a pitiful end-result.  Whether you’re looking to complete your first 5K, set a PR in an Ironman, or earn a big buckle at the Leadville 100; as endurance athletes, you understand an important basic principle: in most cases, you reap what you sow!  Basically there are no shortcuts to becoming prepared.

While many of the endurance athletes I know are enthusiastic about making intentional, strategic, and expensive (time, money, etc.) training investments for the race season ahead, I fear that many are overlooking this basic cause and effect principle with things that are much more significant.  While we could go in many directions here, I’ll suggest two for this month: seeking God (Mt. 6:33, Col 3:1-2) and disciple-making (Mt. 28:19-20).

While the Holy Spirit is critically necessary to transform a life and work among those you minister to, we are active participants in both processes.  We cannot sit back (or charge ahead with other life activities) and hope that intimacy with God and fruitful disciple-making will come supernaturally through metaphorically sitting around eating doughnuts.  In disciple-making and experiencing intimacy with God, as with physical training, we tend to reap what we sow.  And so, I come before us all, encouraging us to prayerfully consider this principle regarding our walk with God and our disciple-making activities.

To get practical, are you regularly pursuing God in intentional, strategic, and “expensive” ways?  What does your investment look like as you read, study, memorize, and mediate on His Word?  Is it even close to your time in the saddle or out on the running trails?  Is your prayer journal as detailed as your training log?  Are you as dedicated to witnessing to your lost training partner(s) as you are to increasing your overall bike mph?  Have you committed to discipling a new believer with the same commitment and zeal that you have towards attending a crazy-early morning swim group?  Both require discipline and investment, but which one are you practically more committed to?

These are perhaps tough question that we all need to wrestle with a bit.  As you do, I simply exhort you to focus on what’s most important.  This season you will reap what you sow.  Sow wisely my friends!  (Gal 6:7-110).  May we celebrate a bountiful crop at the end of the year!

For God's Glory!

Chris


 

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