People who know extreme sports claim that for a lover of this sport to aspire to be the best, you must have the passion and conviction that this is what you want to do the rest of your life. To practice physical exercise, to have an analytical, healthy, alert mind and to be “down to earth” is fundamental. Be it bike, motorcycle, ski or skateboard is extremely important to know your implement, your opponent, the track and the team of people who support you.
Our walk with God is very similar to the one that practices motocross or BMX. When you have discovered your way to God through Christ, the desire to know Him more and experience His presence becomes your passion. It is preparation for a hard run in this world. Thus, says the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27, NIV ” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
To compete in these sports and to win a prize requires discipline, self-control, patience, perseverance. To run the race with Christ requires discipline, to read the Bible every day. Self-control to silence negative thoughts, to ask the Lord to transform our cultural misconceptions and to govern the emotions about the order of what God says. Patience, so we don’t rush to make decisions that slow us down or cost the race, authenticity and testimony. Perseverance to know how to wait on God, expect to hear his voice, although the voices of this world several times manage to dull it. Recognize that he has always been and is faithful; that his thoughts are higher because he has seen us at the end of the race. A renewed mind “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12: 2, NIV). Although we do not understand, it seems crazy and out of the ordinary, God always uses every circumstance for the good of his children.
Both motocross and BMX run on dirt tracks with jumps of several feet height, several feet away with a certain angle of inclination when climbing with the expectation of falling into a certain position that will give the advantage. The race of the Christian is no different. Life brings with it trials, failures and tribulations, but Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world “(John 16:33, NIV).
Let us instruct ourselves to run the good race, sharing sound doctrine, not to be admired by others, but for them to see Christ in us. Humble, “down to earth” helping and reassuring others for our heavenly Father “who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1: 4, NIV).
Have you presented Jesus and the declaration of salvation to someone so they begin their race? Romans 10: 9 (NIV) “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”