• Bishop Keith Butler

What All Professionals Have In Common

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (Hebrews 2:1)

Professional athletes all have one thing in common. They are masters of fundamentals; if they stop implementing the skills essential to their sport, their win/loss record suffers. Sometimes people master the basics of something but don't stick with them. Without staying true to the fundamentals, a tennis player loses her stroke; the golfer slices and hooks his tee shots, and the baseball player goes into a hitting slump. Nearly every professional athlete has a coach who reminds them of the essentials of their sport.

Hebrews 2:1 explains that in much the same way that professionals can lose their competitive edge, mature Christians can lose their spiritual advantage. The word slip means to run out as a leaking vessel. How do Scriptural truths run out as a leaking vessel? It usually starts with just a few small drips – a little compromise here, a slight bitterness there.

Drip, drip, drip, it continues, and if the leak isn't stopped, it will become a massive fissure. Instead of a few drips, spiritual truths will begin to wash away into a sea of sin. The spiritual leak can be stopped by filling the hole with the foundational truths of the Word of God.

One of those fundamental truths is God's will for your life. It's easy to get side-tracked and start down a path that God didn't intend for you. When you find yourself off the mark – slicing and hooking and in a general slump – it's time to get back to the fundamentals of the faith. Study the Bible. Remind yourself about who God is, who He says you are, what He has done for you in Christ Jesus, and what He wants you to do with the gifts, talents, anointing, and calling on your life.

Practical Application – Be a professional when it comes to following God. Master the fundamentals in His Word. Get connected with a coach (pastor) who will remind you of the basics of walking by faith, fulfilling God’s plans, and living in victory!

John 8:32; Hebrews 11:1



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