Prep Talk

soccer netGet­ting ready for big games in col­lege carry a lot of mem­o­ries for me. It all would start in a small room to stretch and get ready. It was nor­mally really quiet in the room. Guys stretch­ing out. Oth­ers wrap­ping ankles. Con­cen­tra­tion. The sound of chalk scratch­ing the line up on the green chalk­board board up front. It was intense. Our coach was a pretty quiet guy. He was amaz­ing at soc­cer, prob­a­bly one of the best in the school, but he just didn’t say much. His pre-game speeches were usu­ally a mere two or three sen­tences. But every­one lis­tened. They lis­tened, because it was exactly what we needed to prep us to give it all on the field. I can think of no bet­ter pep talk for us for the start of a year than a week of revival. What a way to remind us of God’s work in our lives! A week-long con­cen­tra­tion of heart-focused preach­ing. Ask your­self a cou­ple of ques­tions. Are you bro­ken over your sin­ful con­di­tion? You can’t fix your­self, you know. It is Christ’s work alone on the cross that changes us, but do you real­ize and trust in that? Are you ready to serve God with your life? God’s gospel saved us to be obe­di­ent ser­vants. Can you hon­estly say, “God, I’ll do what­ever you have for me”? And, are you bring­ing souls to Christ? The gospel ought to be your every word with those you come into con­tact with. Is it that won­der­ful to you? Those three ques­tions lay out our Chris­t­ian life. Bro­ken Obe­di­ent Evan­ge­liz­ers. Where do you need God to work in your life? If you are like me, it’s prob­a­bly all three. Use the next few weeks to get hon­est and open your eyes to God’s grace in sav­ing you. Take the step of obe­di­ence in response to that grace, and share that grace with others.

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