1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – 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. 25 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. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 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.
Building faith takes time.
As much as we’d like for it to work more like a soda machine, deposit in, get immediate payoff, it’s more like a piece of wood being carved by a master wood worker.
Everything we go through, the ups, the downs, the disappointments, the joys, the emotional highs, the emotional lows, it’s all chopping at our self to make us more of what God wants us to be. Sure, there’s pain involved, but it’s pain with a purpose.
So, that sermon you heard Sunday probably won’t immediately change your life.
That time you spent with God this morning and that scripture you read probably won’t transform your marriage.
That worship song you sung your guts out to on the way to work probably won’t mean that God immediately does what you’ve been asking Him to do.
But it’s all a chop to the block of wood that is your faith.
Each chop makes you stronger and carves away more “you” and flesh.
Each chop makes you more like your maker.
Each chop makes Jesus shine brighter in you.
Each chop grows your faith.
You have to keep choppin…
Keep refueling. Keep praying. Keep going to church. Keep serving.