Tom Landry, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once commented on the "walk-ons" who showed up each spring to try out for the team. Talent, he observed, was in abundance. Intense passion and desire were not. And passionate desire is what God longs for in us who would seek to know Him, "Devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God… "
1 Chronicles 22:19 (KJV)
19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.
In our striving to grow spiritually, Peter tells us to, "make every effort… " "[Apply] all diligence… " "Work hard… " (2 Peter 1:5a – niv, nasb, Living). That is, we are to make constant moral and spiritual progress similar to an army that is steadfastly marching toward its objective: Determined. Progressing. Undaunted.
In our quest, it would help us to keep in mind the fact that "faith is not only a commitment to the promises of God, but also to the demands of Christ." (William Barclay)
A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of leading a 50 year old businessman to Christ. Talk about a man with a passionate desire to know God! The guy attacked the issue of spiritual growth with the ardor of a Roman "gladiator"!
QUESTION: So tell me, do you have the heart of a gladiator or a spectator? Are you passionately pursuing God? Or are you like most of the guys showing up for the Cowboys' tryouts: Talented, but mediocre in spirit. For talented, but dispassionate walk-ons, participating at the "gladiator" level will remain an unfulfilled dream as they join the ranks of faceless spectators. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.
Michael Stanley, 55