We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Phil Woody.

 

Bible Reading:

John 3:30-31

30 ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

Word:

You ever stopped to think about the amazing creations we are. When you just think about how bone, joints, ligaments and muscle weave and bind together to form our bodies it is pretty mind blowing. Now think about what these bodies can do. CrossFit has pushed the boundaries of human performance and continues to.

If you saw Kari Pearce just short of run up and down the wall on her hands in Games open 21.1, then attempted the workout yourself, it is hard to believe what you saw her do was not just a cartoon of imagination. Here is where the temptation lies. God made us to be super impressive. Why? Because we are reflections of him as is taught in Genesis 2.

Don’t you think, as a reflection of Jesus we would not be impressive. The created will always be the creation. The trap is when we start to desire credit for our earthly efforts over giving credit to Him from whom all things we could ever do or become is possible.

When we do this we cease to see God as worthy of all honor and praise and start to believe we are. When we do this, we start to fight for position and status. In his passage of scripture, John the Baptist was the known prophet of the day. He had the status and the following. But when his followers noticed their following dwindling and Jesus following rising, Jesus was baptizing more than John, they were upset.

Their status and position was at risk. All their efforts felt stolen. Since their attention was on their efforts, they couldn’t see what was right before them, God himself in flesh. But John did.

John didn’t see himself as more then he was because he lived to serve the one who made him all that he was. And because of this he could “step aside” with joy when the King entered the room.

 

Prayer:

Help me to make the center of my life worshiping you and reveal all areas of my life where I have placed myself at the center instead of you Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Skillwork:

Where in your life are you fighting to be seen or honored or admired. The “Games Open” can bring out in us the best or the worst. Can I “step aside” to make space for another, or do I need the attention or win. This “Games Open” make your leading effort seeing someone else succeed instead of yourself and in that way walk into your real designed purpose, to reflect the love of the creator King! And when you do succeed and win, thank God for the impressive creation he made you to be… give him the credit and glory.

 

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