Monday, June 18, 2018

T e s t s
Mark 10:21-22

What are the most difficult tests for you as an athlete?  Do you find the athletic testing hard?  How about academic tests?  How well do you measure up when your character is tested? 

In Mark chapter 10 and verses 21 and 22, we watch as Jesus gives a man a test in character.  “Jesus looked at him and loved him.  ‘One thing you lack,’ he said.  ‘Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.’  At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

This man failed Jesus’ simple test in character.  I wonder how well we’d do if given a similar test.

If asked to forfeit our position on the team, would we comply?  If asked to give up our prospects of success for the future, would we risk it?  If asked to even walk away from playing this sport, would we do it?  How badly do we want to achieve our goals?

I’d like to challenge you to pay whatever it costs to pursue your goals.  Compete without regard to the personal cost as you seek the best for your team.  Give all you have in order to help your team be victorious today.  As you do, you’ll pass the character test with flying colors.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 5:27-32
Psalms 119:137-144
II Kings 10-11