REPOST Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, provided by Pastor Barry Kang who heads Symphony Church in Boston, was first posted on April 6, 2013. He is a graduate of Stanford University (BA), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Training Ourselves to Run a Marathon”
1 Timothy 4:7
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.”
In my high-school years I ran cross-country, and I remember having aspirations to run a marathon one day. As the years have gone by, I have given up on those aspirations! One of the reasons being that marathons almost always seem to be held on Sundays, and I’m too holy to miss church! 😊
But it so happens that the Boston marathon is held every year on a Monday, and so the thought once in a while crosses my mind. What if I could run? What if someone paid the entrance fee of thousands of dollars for me, and I was given an opportunity to run the Boston marathon this year? Would I be able to finish?
And the answer would be a resounding NO! The main reason I wouldn’t enter the Boston marathon is not because of the day it’s held, but because I couldn’t run a marathon right now. Even if my entire church lined up the entire way and cheered me on, I could not run a marathon the whole way. I’m just not in good enough shape. I would need to train. A lot.
It takes more than the opportunity to run a marathon. It takes more than having motivation and determination. It takes training, lots of training. This is obvious. Running a marathon is about training more than trying.
One of the greatest little books I’ve read on spiritual transformation is The Life You’ve Always Wanted by Pastor John Ortberg, from which I drew this nugget of wisdom: “Spiritual transformation is not a matter of trying harder, but of training yourself wisely.”
Here’s the thought for today. What if running the race of life is a little like running a marathon? What if following Jesus is not a matter of trying to be like Jesus, but training ourselves to be like Jesus? More on this tomorrow.
Prayer: Father, I thank You that You forgive my sins anew every morning. I thank You that the blood of Jesus covers every one of my sins. And now help me to train myself so I can be more like Jesus. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Chronicles 6-7