To Be a Champion of Faith

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Personal Updates, Speaking and Teaching | 6 comments

To Be a Champion of Faith

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Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. (I Corinthians 9:24-26)  Recently, the Ohio State Buckeyes football team won the big crown of college football, a National Championship. As a citizen of Ohio, it is exciting that our football team won on such a big stage despite many obstacles. Congratulations to Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team. You are the best team in college football… for now.

I have been reflecting on what it means to win a much more significant championship, one that never fades…to be a champion for Christ. Just like in college football, or any sport for that matter, there are many who participate in the sport, but there are few who will ever be called a champion. What we need on the earth in this hour are more men and women who are willing to pay the price to fight the good fight of faith. Jesus Christ came not just to save us from our sins, and thank God for that fact, but to enlist us into His army to march His glorious light into all the earth. Light always expels darkness. Is it possible that the primary reason that there is so much darkness on our planet is because there are not enough champions of Christ rising up to win a crown that will never be taken away…the kingdoms of this world becoming the Kingdom of our LORD and His Christ.

The victory of Jesus Christ through His life, death and resurrection is total and absolute. It is time for God’s people to awaken to that incredible victory and to live in a manner that clearly demonstrates the fact that Christ is risen and is Lord.  Christians are meant to be the standard bearers for culture in honor, love, humility, servanthood, integrity and generosity. I wonder if our current culture does not reflect that because champions of Christ need to emerge in every sector of society to reflect those aforementioned character traits for watching eyes to see.  As someone who has participated in athletic endeavors most of my life, have cheered for great athletes and teams, majored in Sports Industry and who had his first job doing sales in professional sports, the excitement about competing for an athletic crown is understood.  Athletics are a significant piece of culture and I am grateful to have participated in athletics and even winning a few championships. That being said, as a nearly 40 year old man, it has become crystal clear that those crowns fade away but to obtain the imperishable crown in Christ is what really matters.

To win the race of faith is to be temperate in all things. What would happen if the Body of Christ globally took this seriously in 2015. If college athletes can sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed to win a championship, then Christians should be able to do so even more since our Team Captain, Jesus Christ, sacrificed everything. What if all men who call themselves followers of Christ, myself included, set everything aside to win the imperishable crown. No more lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. No more drinking excessive alcohol, fantasy football, constant entertainment through video games and social media, reputation building, pornography, sports talk radio, ESPN, playing in multiple sports leagues, gambling and pursuing more money for money’s sake.

What is needed is more prayer, fasting, holiness, obedience, humility, serving, honor, purity, temperance, teamwork, listening and giving. I have led many studies on the Scriptures through the years and it always seems that in general the women are the ones that are the most passionate in these areas. Thank God for powerful and passionate godly women. That being said, we must stand and be accounted for men. We were not created to spend the overwhelming majority of our lives being entertained. We were created to unleash love to our wives and to the community we live in. Now is the time to rediscover that heroic challenge. Our culture needs us and the imperishable crown of …”Well done good and faithful servant” awaits those who run the race with stainless integrity. Let us unite in Christ and let us be champions for the greatest purpose in the history of civilization…the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.

Influencing Scripture passages:

  • I Corinthians 9:24-26
  • Hebrews 11:24-26
  • Ezekiel 37:10
  • 2 Timothy 4:7-8
  • Revelation 11:15

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6 Comments

  1. Well said, Robert! I totally support you and the work you are in. AS ONE!

    • Thank you for your kind feedback Jude!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to share your heart in this modern type parable…..it was filled with Godly wisdom, truth and a call to men but all of us to be champions for Christ. Good job…you have all our love and support in your new job.

    • Thank you for your encouraging response Diane Cirino!

  3. Well said brother! Like Eric Liddel said, “If you commit yourself to the love of CHRIST, then that is how you run a straight race!” Love you man and honored to run the Kingdom race with you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yoDE-3dTvU

    • Trevor…Appreciate your response which includes a great quote from one of my favorite movies, Chariots of Fire! Godspeed to you brother!

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