Practice Makes Perfect

I am currently reading, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters and Bishop Wright is challenging me deeply. I will write a more thorough review in the coming days but what I wanted to highlight something that is hitting home.

Bishop Wright talks about Christian virtue and character development from an eschatalogical perspective. We are destined to live and reign with Christ as co-heirs in the kingdom, he argues, we must therefore, begin practicing for those responsibilities now.

What has struck me deeply is the sense that this life has value. Our time on Earth is supremely valuable.

I have known this for a long time, but it is hitting home in a fresh way.

Warm-ups, practice, and training, while not fun or exciting are supremely valuable.

The NFL combines start this week and I keep hearing that the guys who will make the best pros are the “gym rats” and “film junkies”. In college, it is said, you can get by on talent, but in the pros you have to have the will and desire to practice.

It hit me last night that this life is preparatory. We are getting ready for our true calling as princes and princesses in the kingdom of God.

Evangelism matters because it embeds the gospel more deeply in us.

Discipleship matters because it embeds the gospel more deeply in us.

Worship matters because it embeds the gospel more deeply in us.

Prayer matters because it embeds the gospel more deeply in us.

Service matters because it embeds the gospel more deeply in us.

Diligent study of God’s Word matters because it embeds the gospel more deeply in us.

It is this gospel embedding that prepares us for the kingdom. It is our practice. It counts. This life matters and it has eternal significance.

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