Athlete, Prepare for a Championship

Prepare for a Championship

3:14  “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.”

2 Peter 3:14 (NIV)

Have you ever paced a locker room before a championship game? Have you ever made a run through a season that led to a title game? I sure have. There is so much to look forward to! I’d love more experiences like that.

So much of our readiness for journeys like this gets down to proper preparation.

Did you know that God wants to prep us for moments like this? And He longs to coach us for much more, especially heaven.

The book of 2 Peter lays out a great championship-living blueprint. It climaxes in today’s Scripture. There we find six preparation ingredients. Let’s take a look.

COMMITTED: Championship living starts with commitment. Titles don’t come by accident. They come with intentionality. Like one who beautifully marries, a preferred future is seen and then seized.

When we “make every effort” it signals a commitment that is alive, real, firmly planted, deeply embedded. Strong commitment produces strong results.

FAITHFUL: Championship living moves forward on the back of faithfulness. “To be found” a winner requires faithfulness to the vision and mission. It means you just keep showing up.

Faithfulness is the evidence of commitment and crucial response to every great vision and mission. And that is what God rewards. Of all the things He looks for, He surely looks for this (1 Corinthians 4:2).

SPOTLESS. Championship living accelerates when there is a clean slate, when the past is properly dealt with and there is no negative carryover.

(“Spotless” doesn’t mean perfect. It simply means forgiven, restored, made clean.) Only at this point can a player play free and a person move forward. No rearview mirrors needed, just a windshield.

No guilt and shame, just a bright future and brand new end. Make things right with God and man.

BLAMELESS: Championship living digs into the present and refuses to be stained or sidetracked after things are cleaned up. And it gives no occasion to others to question our commitment or doubt our faithfulness.

The standard becomes “Nothing detrimental” and cry becomes “Not this time! Nothing stands in the way of my Lord and my mission.”

AT PEACE: Championship living grows when there’s peace in the heart. This peace refers to relational wholeness. Peace must be found not just in circumstances, but with people, between people.

A heart in conflict with others and self knows no peace regardless of situation (Romans 12:18).

WITH HIM: Championship living especially anchors in one key relationship -- “Be at peace with HIM.” No relationship matters like this one. All other healthy relationships flow out of this one.

Get to know Jesus who is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).

Reflect: Are you experiencing much championship living? Time for adjustments? Which area above needs a boost: commitment, faithfulness, spotlessness, blamelessness, at peace, with Him?

A prayer to consider: Father, You can flat out coach! Thanks for laying out some really good preparation truth and showing me what championship living looks like, chiefly through your Son.

You are so faithfully good. More personal wins await as I team up with Your Spirit in these ways. Coach me to further wins for Your glory and my joy in You. Amen.

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