by Kurt Bekins
Kurt and his family recently moved to Croatia to continue making disciples and to serve the church. Pray their consistent life, where action matches faith and proclamation, would bring many to glorify God (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:11-12)
What does it look like to grow into a mature disciple of Christ? As a college soccer player, my coach imparted to our team some key ingredients that took us from immaturity and formed in us qualities to become godly young men. The lessons I learned came from a man dedicated to following Christ on and off the field. Countless hours were given to strategizing the next game and more importantly how he could pass on to us wise counsel that would develop our spiritual muscles as we practiced throughout the season.
In a word, the most important virtue I learned from coach as he followed Jesus was CONSISTENCY! Under coach’s guidance, I developed tools to daily live and play for the glory of God. I still remember these life lessons from his coaching:
Lately, I’ve been reading through 1 Peter and what struck me in chapter 2:9-10 is Christ followers are chosen, chosen to be a royal priesthood, a people of God. Because Christians are a holy and royal priesthood, we ought to act like it! Priests of God don’t live one way on Sunday and another way throughout the week. We are to be consistent to have our walks match our talk and to honor the One we proclaim we follow.
Glorify God in EVERYTHING you do, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31. Everything, laundry, running, Bible study, work, or time at the beach should have one focus: glorify the Lord!
Coach made an impact in my life that lead to deeper growth in my walk with Christ. No, I didn’t arrive while I was in college and am still growing through the hurdles along the way. However, consistency in my relationship with Jesus and in my play became a game changer in my life as it drew me closer to Christ, empowered me to turn away from sinful patterns, increased my joy, developed my abilities to play better and it wasn’t bad that my grades also improved. I truly believe that God received more glory in these areas of life because I understood his Glory was due to Him in every area of life.
As you go throughout your day, your week, this month, what are the areas you need God to address in your life so you may live in such a way that consistently brings glory to God?