Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 TIMOTHY 4:7
A dear friend of mine was an ice dancer and spent countless hours on the ring doing the same four-minute routine again and again. I noticed that others would even break down the free dance and do a specific lift or jump that may only be 10 seconds long, dozens of times. Why? Because amateurs train until they get it right, while professionals train until they can’t get it wrong.
The question before us today is, “Are we amateur Christians who do just enough to get by, or are we professional Christians who train ourselves to be godly?” To train ourselves in godliness takes three things: knowledge, practice, and coaching. Obviously, the most logical place to gain knowledge about godliness is through the study of God’s Word. But we can also gain knowledge by doing life with others. Want to know what a godly spouse looks like? Go hang out with someone who models that. Want to know how to run a business in a godly way? Read a biography of a businessman who does this.
The next step after gaining the knowledge is to start practicing what we know because to know and not do is sin (see James 4:17). The key point here is that it is practice—sometimes we will nail that jump and sometimes we will fall flat on our face. But regardless, do it again!!
Lastly, we all need a coach, a mentor, an older man or woman to walk alongside us and encourage, direct, and correct. It takes a huge act of courage to be willing to be vulnerable enough to allow someone into our lives to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. But when we do that, not only will we grow but also we will impact those that are around us.
So strap on those skates, grab a coach and hit the ice!! The kingdom of God is relying on us.
Action Item: In what areas do you need to shore up your training routine? More knowledge? More practice? A coach? Spend some time journaling your need to God and ask Him to show you the next steps you are to take.