Run for the gold!
1) You need to be on the team!
2) You need to train.
a) Look at the game tapes. 1 Tim 4:7-8
b) Be right with the coach.
3) Follow the successful methods of others.
a) The example of other athletes.
→ Witness: Martus – Martyr; those who after his example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death.
b) Trust the coach’s winning record.
Are you on the track, going for the gold? Everyone is not a winner just for showing up.
Hebrews 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.