By Pete Heiniger | January 11, 2018
When I played football in high school, we had two-a-days every August. That is where we had a 2 hour practice early every weekday morning and then another 2 hour practice each weekday afternoon. Most of the practice was conditioning. When I say that, it sounds too good – so think about running hills, wind sprints, burpees, push-ups, lunges, and tons of running.
This was all to get us in top condition before our first game. The idea is that if we are in great shape…then in the fourth quarter when the other team is gassed and exhausted, we’ll still have gas in our tank and be in position to win the game.
At the beginning of each practice the coaches told us to run 6 laps – but it was on the honor system. No coaches were out there to watch us and make sure we ran them. So, several players would cut huge corners around the field and many others even cut short the number of laps they really did.
But, we had this coach, Coach Llewellyn, who used to say “You’re only cheating yourselves.” He was right, in the end, if you cut your running short, you were the one that really was losing out. You weren’t going to be in as good of shape as you could have been.
I never really liked teammates that cut corners and were never really “sold out” to winning. Their lack of preparation didn’t just affect them, it hurt our team on game days.
A lot of them, if you approached them today, would call themselves football players or former football players. But, were they really? Just because you put on a jersey and take the field doesn’t mean you’re really a player in my book. The players are those who give it their all.
So, if we apply that to our lives as Christians. How many of us call it good enough to just attend one service on the weekends and then we pack it in. Sure, we could serve at church, we could serve our community and help others, we could search for ways to show the love of Jesus to others…but instead we’re satisfied with coming one a weekend and that’s the limit of our commitment.
Being our savior cost Jesus everything. How much is following Jesus costing you?