Series: Training For Excellence
Time would tell if I’d learn what the teacher attempted to pound into my head: a, s, d, f, j, k, l, ;.
My adventure started on a manual typewriter while a sophomore in high school. Determined we’d learn what was necessary to make us excellent typists, the teacher rearranged the letter caps and drilled us continuously. Class was time consuming, aggravating and challenging. But my second year was a breeze. I knew every letter without looking.
After graduation, I didn’t touch a typewriter for five years, but the first time I did my fingers automatically moved to the home keys and I typed without looking. Anything worth training for requires time-godliness included.
Paul understood this. But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be (Philippians 3:12 NLT). He wasn’t satisfied with just being a Christian; he wanted to excel at all God wanted him to.
Maturity and spiritual growth don’t automatically materialize. God nudges us along, but it takes effort on our part as well. Most of my spiritual growth has been on the back side of my journey rather than the front because that’s when I put forth the most effort. Being God’s child is a one-time decision but also a lifelong journey that requires intense effort if we’re going to enjoy the trip to the fullest. Paul invested time by studying the Word, teaching others, planting new churches, praying, and listening to God-all wonderful endeavors producing spiritual health. Where do you need to invest your time so you can enjoy all God has for you?
Prayer: Blessed Lord, our time is in Your hands. Motivate us to spend it wisely as we work to be all You intend.
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