For The Win

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.
Hebrews 6:1 NLT

Over the years, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to coach my kids’ youth sports. It’s not only fun and rewarding but a fascinating view of personal growth and development. 

For instance, when they first start playing organized team sports, they have no grasp of basic concepts like individual positions, teamwork, or direction of play. As a coach, you merely point them in the right direction and watch them swarm around.

Of course, the older they get, the more they learn the importance of positional play and working together as a cohesive unit to score points. Some players naturally develop into skilled players, while others require some help. As a coach, it’s your job to find creative and effective ways to communicate to players what you expect of them and what they’re capable of achieving. And when they commit to the work, they develop into a valuable player for the team.

When it comes to spiritual development, some people are not fully committed. They may have invited Christ into their lives, but they’ve stopped short of the ultimate goal of becoming fully committed to following Jesus.

Being a good athlete requires more than just showing up on game day. And being a Christian involves more than just going to church on Sundays. Committing yourself to Christ means not only accepting Jesus as your personal Savior but following his every call as your one true Lord and developing a complete understanding of the faith.

Athletes must train hard every day so that they’re in peak condition to support their teammates during the game. Faithful followers of Christ—mature Christians—must grow beyond (but not away from) the basic teachings of Christ. Only then are we capable of teaching new Christians, learning even more from God’s Word.

What are you doing in your life to develop a complete understanding of faith? 


Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.