February 25, 2019

By Paul Banta

1 Thessalonians 1:2-5 says, “We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.  As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people.  For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.” – NLT

The moment you put your faith, trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior, you become a new person, and your past thinking, words and actions end and you start on a new path in life being Born-Again empowered by the Holy Spirit. This was God’s act of love that He had planned for you before He created the heavens and earth. When we received this new life, and He brings us into His family. All along through the ages, He had a unique plan for you, with specific ways to serve Him.  Ways in which, we would be able to help bring others to Christ and mentor them.

Knowing this, the rest of our life on this earth is spent fulfilling God’s purposes for your life with passion and the spiritual gifts he has given you. That is, we go at life all out and at a pace of 100% to finish the race as a winner, not a loser. We are called to be Jesus’ disciples and are to serve on His behalf and working fiercely for God with passion. The world around you and beyond you is hungry for the great news about Jesus Christ.

God has committed Himself to guide and equip all believers, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to act as His teammates. No matter what He asks us to do, He’ll provide the necessary abilities and resources to get His work done. His Holy Spirit will teach us whatever we need to know, so we can pour ourselves out on behalf of others, and share our faith at the right time through our actions and by mouth as the Holy Spirit leads. He expects us to make serving Him our #1 priority, and to surrender our time, coaching talents, and finances for His use.  It’s the least of what we can do.  Hard as it may seem at times, it takes constant practice to get the job done for Christ and be the winner He planned us to be.

While we are giving the privilege to coach soccer on earth, our efforts are to be done with enthusiastic commitment servicing Christ. Your prayer should be, “For Thee Lord and not for me.”

What’s your next move?