Jesus was an athlete. We don’t have record of him playing a sport, running a race, or lifting a barbell. But we have plenty of evidence that points to his desire to compete. Like an athlete, he strived to develop and grow.
- What is your picture of the knowledge, discipline, and abilities of Jesus while on earth? Do you see him growing like us, or have you always believed he was born fully capable of all things?
It is interesting that Scripture actually speaks of Jesus growing and developing. This means as a human, there was a time when he did not possess full capability in all things.
“Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.” – Hebrews 5:8 HCSB
“And it was only right that God should make Jesus, through His suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.” – Hebrews 2:10 NLT
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” – Luke 2:52
This does not mean Jesus sinned as he developed. The Bible is clear that Jesus was sinless while growing. However, Jesus can identify with the struggle we face, because he was “tested in every way as we are.” And he showed us how to pass those tests.
Jesus calls on his followers to grow. Staying the same is not an option for those who want to experience the life God designed for his children. In fact, staying the same is not even possible. Athletes know we are either growing or losing ground. So just like in our training, spiritual connection to God cannot be maintained either. Followers of Jesus either grow to be more like Christ, or they become more like the world.
How will you develop as an athlete this coming year? But, more importantly, how will you grow this year as a follower of Jesus Christ? We look forward to walking alongside you toward this goal.
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” – 2 Peter 3:18
- Why do you train? What is your motivation?
- How does your faith in Jesus Christ affect your goals?
- Spend time in prayer asking for wisdom to set goals that honor God this coming year.
- Share with a friend.