“Never Tire”

This Weeks Meditation: “Never Tire”
Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

Well, the Super Bowl is over and done for another year.  The Giants have already had their parade in New York and the athletes are headed home to rest their weary bodies.  Rest is a good thing, but what sometimes gets overlooked is all the hard work that these athletes put in to get to the highest levels of professional sports.

Recently I have been reading books written by Drew Breese (QB of the New Orleans Saints) and Tim Tebow (QB of the Denver Broncos).  As they shared their stories in their books I have been impressed by the hard work it takes to get to that level.  Tim Tebow talked about a crazy hard workout routine since he was in Junior High and Drew Breese shared the story of his miraculous comeback from an injury, and surgery.

What I came to realize is that many of these athletes got to this level because of their commitment to hard work, perseverance, and a good attitude.  Yes, physical gifts are important but they will only take the athlete as far as they are willing to work.

In our spiritual lives we must remember that we do not earn our salvation by “works.” In Ephesians 2:8 Paul says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works.”

But their are also times in the New Testament that Paul reminds us that we do need to grow spiritually.  In 2 Thessalonians he reminds the church in Thessalonica (and us) that we must not become idle in our spiritual life or our physical life.  Paul says, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

The lesson that Paul is trying to teach us is that God wants us to show a desire to grow closer to Christ each and every day.  He wants to see us spiritually alive and not idle and uncaring when it comes to our life in Christ.  He also says, “Never tire of doing what is good.”

As we watch athletes perform at the highest level we need to realize that most of them did not get there without a lot of hard work and effort. Breese and Tebow are examples of that, and by the way they are both very committed to their walk with Jesus.

As we grow in our Christian life we need to heed this warning from Paul about idleness.  We need to work at developing and nurturing a closer walk with our Savior.  When we do that we show our worship to the Lord and we also show our desire to be more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives.

Make it personal:  Pray this week about what you can do to nurture your relationship with Jesus.  Is it a time of prayer, devotions, and Bible Study?  Is it attending a Bible Study or a Christian Education class with other believers?  Or is it practicing the examples of Jesus in your workplace?  May God give us the strength to grow in him daily!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church