“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” – John 15:20
Are you motivated by challenge? I was reminded today that not everyone believes they are. While this may seem like a simple yes or no question, a deeper reflection may cause our answers to be more nuanced than we first thought. When we first consider this question, it’s easy to think of those who love living under the weight of immediate pressure. They’re motivated by deadlines, high bars, unexpected obstacles, and significant opposition. Perhaps here we could think of a star athlete in the “proverbial clutch.” However, we would do well to consider another group of people who live under a more self-imposed pressure. These are the methodical planners who perform ahead of schedule and work at a strategic pace, leaving margin for those unexpected obstacles. In this case, we can think of the savvy coach who prepares for the game.
In this scenario, both the player and the coach are motivated by the challenge of winning the game. It’s just that their approach to tackling the challenge is different. You see, the question isn’t whether we are motivated by challenge but rather HOW are we motivated by challenge? All of us have our way of approaching challenges. And frankly, that is a good thing because challenges are a part of life. As Christians, we especially know challenges are to be expected. Jesus reminds us in the verse above that challenge, and even persecution, are part of the Christian experience. This week, in our “Confidence” series, we will learn HOW we can all face “Gospel Challenges” with gospel strength. In preparation for Sunday, I’d love for you to read over the passage (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16) and consider the words of confidence Paul is delivering to the church in Thessalonica. Packed in these verses are truths that will you help face the challenges of life with gospel hope.
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