A Gold Medal Attitude

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

I have loved following the Rio Olympics, not only because of Team GB’s record medal haul but because I have got to watch high quality amateur boxing every night for a few weeks.

Boxing is a passion of mine (that I am living vicariously through my son who is a lot tougher than me).

I must have watched well over a hundred rounds in Rio. My wife tolerates it somewhat when I am supporting team GB in the ring, but she cannot understand why I have been staying up so late to watch a man from Uzbekistan take on an Algerian.

What can I say, I just enjoy the sport!

The one thing that I have noticed is that in almost all cases you can tell which boxer is going to win before the starting bell. The fight has already been settled even before they have stepped a foot into the ring!

After years in training at the highest level, competitive margins can be tight. So victory can all come down to the boxer’s attitude and this is displayed perfectly in their ring walk.

The boxer who walks in with a winning attitude often leaves the victor!

You probably know the phrase, “whether you think you can, or think you can’t you are right.” If you do not think you can achieve something it is unlikely that you ever will. If you go forward in faith, you of course have a stronger chance to achieve your goal!

If you are satisfied with a Bronze medal, it is unlikely that you will get the Gold. If you are content with just taking part it is unlikely that you will return home with a prize.

Getting the Gold medal is all about attitude and the Christian life is somewhat similar.

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The amazing Nicola Adams with her second Gold Medal for Team GB

Christ is the perfect athlete, He won the perfect victory on the Cross at Calvary, He took God’s wrath that we deserve, He buried our Sin and defeated death in His resurrection!

He has done all the hard work for us, He suffered immeasurably so that we could qualify for the Heavenly Olympics.

The question I want to ask the Christian reader today is; now you have qualified (in Christ), what is your attitude?

Are you racing to Jesus today to accept His Gold medal that He freely gives you? Or are you satisfied with a Bronze? As a Christian are you ticking over doing the bare minimum?

You may claim to be a “Christian” but do you bare the fruit of such a statement? Do you attend church regularly? Are you reading your bible as you should be? Do you pray enough? Are you doing all you can for Christ?

If you live a Christian life without a winning attitude, you will live a Christian life defeated.

If you do not desire more of Christ, more of His love and Grace, you will not experience the full riches of Christ this side of glory!

If you follow Him from afar, you will never be as fully amazed as you could have been by the victory that Christ has won for you.

Simply being an average “Christian”, with average expectations of God, will give you an average experience of God and an average Christian life.

But striving to grow as a Christian, by communing with God and His people in church, by reading your Bible more regularly, by battling with Him in prayer and by asking big things of Him, He will transform you and you will know greater joy in the Christian life as He will prepare you to for the greater joys of Heaven!

By God’s Grace it is your attitude that determines your experience, by God’s Grace you get what you want out of Christianity!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

Those who have faith in Jesus have been made righteous, we are saved, Hallelujah! But He also tells us, that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed and will be filled!

Are you filled with the joy of Christ today?  Do you live your Christian life with a winning attitude? Are you holding the Gold Medal Christ has given you excited and desiring bigger things from God who can give immeasurably more than you can imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

If you desire more of Christ, if you desire to have more of Him in your life, by Grace He will fill your desire. His Cup runneth over! (Psalm 23:5)

If you want the joy of owning His Gold Medal that He won at Calvary, all you need do is ask and He will give it to you! (Ephesians 1:11)

If you are content with following Christ from far off, then that is all you will have in your Christian life.

Christ is the Victor! Draw close to Him!

“Everyone 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.” 1 Corinthians 9:25

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