AthleteWord: Self-discipline is a mark of champions!
At each FAITH RXD training seminars our Olympic lifting coach, Spencer Arnold, reminds us of the importance of BAR-speed. The speed of the bar will dictate your success in the snatch and clean. Spencer teaches optimal position of the knees, hips, and shoulders to add speed to the bar.
Do we realize the speed principle is also vital in our discipline as a competitor for Christ? Just like BAR-speed when performing the snatch, the “speed” we listen with our ears determines our depth in understanding the Word of God.
- How have you noticed your lack of speed in an exercise or through athletics?
- How could your receptiveness to God’s Word help you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ?
Jesus describes four categories of soil which demonstrate the effectiveness of receiving seed that is sown. His parable is meant to encourage us to “take care HOW we hear.” Which soil best describes your EAR-speed?
- Hard soil – This is the packed-down path around the perimeter of a garden. This soil does not permit the seed to penetrate and produce fruit. It represents the heart that is not open to the Word of God.
- Rocky soil – This is soil that lacks depth due to rock interfering with the root. It is similar to a heart that lacks foundation in a relationship with Jesus Christ. The heat of testing does not produce proper development, but, instead, it scorches a shallow, immature faith.
- Thorny soil – This soil does not allow the plant to grow because it has not been well-maintained. Weeds that choke the plant represent the worries and pleasures of this present world.
- Good soil – This soil is soft enough to receive the seed, deep enough to grow roots, and clean enough to keep growing. Jesus promises these qualities will not only permit strong personal growth but also produce 100 times its original strength through sharing our faith.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity so that he may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of his faithful followers. Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity—every good path.” – Proverbs 2:6-9
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” – Luke 8:8
- Which category of soil best describes your current spiritual condition?
- What does this story teach us about the importance of hearing God’s Word every day?
- What weeds do you need to cut back from your life to continue growing in Christ? Worries? Stuff? Pleasures of this world?
- Look up James 1:21 & memorize it.
- Ask God to give you “ears to hear” His Word clearly today.