The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The point is to recognize athletes who are using their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or to show how some athletes are wasting their days by not giving God the glory.
Congratulations to the 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth. What a dominating performance he recorded, tying the lowest winning round ever at the Masters with a -18 under par! Not only was it amazing that this 21-year old won the Masters, but rarely does a golf lead on every day of a 4-day tournament. It was an epic weekend for golfing history, to say the least.
Golf is my favorite sport to play and one of my favorite to watch!
Because I have watched it or played it for about two decades, I am very aware of the level of difficulty it takes to execute the perfect golf shot. The golf shot is a meticulous sporting feat. It’s more than just standing up there and hacking away. Your feet and shoulders have to be perfect; your grip has to be perfect; your knees have to be perfect; you back swing has to be perfect; your down swing has to be perfect; the contact with the gold ball has to be perfect; the follow-through has to be perfect. And those are all parts of the golf shot that we can control. We aren’t even mentioning things like wind, stamina, etc.
The perfect golf shot takes a lot of work, but when you execute it, you can feel it almost immediately. And there is a sense of gratitude for all your hard work that led you to make the shot you wanted to make.
Hitting the perfect golf shot, in my opinion, is a lot like gaining victory over sin.
When temptation comes, we have the promise to be able to handle it or resist it (I Cor 10:13). There is not a temptation to sin that comes into our life that we cannot respond to with Christlikeness. And like the golf shot, when you are able to say, “No,” to sin, all the hard work of sanctification pays off. All the Scripture you have read, all the Scripture you meditate on, all the previous victories over sin, and all the encouragement from others pays off.
You want to resist sin tomorrow? Strengthen your heart, soul, mind and strength today.