Bending Bibles and Barbells 1-27-2015 No…
No Turning Back
Something was apparent post workout Saturday and it made me smile. Success comes to those who are consistent and passionate. In typical fashion, this line of thinking made it into the pastor’s sermon and then to our study Tuesday night. The Apostle Paul had this to say toward the end of his life;
2 Timothy 4:6″ For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
You may have noticed some of the words have been emphasized in bold and this is to help hold a theme applied to this study, your walk with Jesus, and your daily grind in the box. Let’s look at a theorem proposed by Dave Ramsey on success that I believe pulls it all together. He states in his Momentum Theorem that,”focused intensity over time, multiplied by God, creates unstoppable momentum.” Read that about three more times and then read the verse again. How can we be successful? How can we fight the good fight and finish the course?
First, focus. A couple weeks ago we stated that the bible had a focus and it is on Jesus. It is by Jesus and for Jesus. “In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” You were created by the Word, for the Word, and to receive the Word. This is a goal and a mighty fine one. To be successful you need focus. Focus on a goal and fight for it.
Second, intensity. To fight for the goal and success you will need intensity. CrossFitters know intensity. We know that to get the most out of a workout you need intensity or better said passion. Passion is that “it” thing. It’s the catalyst and drive to succeed. Look at the passion in 4 Timothy. Paul, fought, kept, and loved for faith, righteousness, and Jesus. I love the last part where he states he loved which is better read longed or yearned. How bad do you really want a relationship with Jesus? How bad do you want to reach that coworker or friend? Or simply how bad do you want to stand up with that clean or snatch or whatever it is your chasing?
Third, with focus and intensity comes the need for consistency. This is what I could see in that Saturday crowd. Not to build them up but this is the crowd that pushes for that extra day and is rewarded for it. With focus, intensity, and consistency comes adaptation. Every week you can see those things creating change in the people that crawl out of the covers Saturday morning. I can promise you it keeps the doors open. It’s outstanding that Paul further states in Romans 5:5, “…but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” You must press and push forward daily for change. Russian leader Gorbachev gave a Rocky like quote by saying, “If you don’t move forward, then you begin to move backward.”
Finally, to find yourself awarded with unstoppable momentum what you do must be multiplied by God. Plain and simple. Luke 18:27 says, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
I’ll leave you with one final quote spoken by Winston Churchill, “Never give in—never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”