With all this talk about Championships lately, I have had a lot on my mind regarding what it takes to be a champion. When it comes to athletics, it takes a fair amount of training and dedication for an athlete to rise to championship caliber, and in many cases, a whole team of athletes working together to accomplish the task.
When you think of football, it takes 11 guys on each side of the ball working hard both on and off the field to win. Other sports only require one athlete to push forward and excel above the rest to become a champion. One of these is Boxing, which got me thinking of a song released a few years back by Carman called “The Champion”. In this account, Carman pits Jesus against Satan in a boxing match to see who will win. Just the sheer mood of the song is enough to get anyone pumped up about Christ, but the premise of the song is not farfetched.
Jesus has trained for the battle that is to come, and we as followers of Christ must also train. We can train by putting on the full armor of God and by taking the Word of God to the streets each and every day. The Bible is our training regiment, it contains our workouts, and prayer is our conversations with our Trainer.
It is like the movie “Rocky” in some ways, where we must put in the training that is sufficient for us to go out and win the biggest fight of our lives. Scripture gives us insight into what this battle will be, see Ephesians 6:12 (ESV):
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
We even see some foreshadowing in Revelation when we see talk of a great battle that will take place between good and evil. We will face off one day in a great battle that we must be ready for…but the truth is, every day is a battle for each of us when we are following Christ. We have to treasure the Word of God and keep it in our hearts so that we are never in battle without a weapon. We have to be able to fend off the advances of our enemies, and the only way to do this is to train like the Champion! We must train like Christ, put on the armor of God, and become champions for the kingdom.
Be a champion today, humble yourself, train hard, and realize that our battle is won because we trust God to help lead us into battle. Just as Joshua in the Battle of Jericho, our battle plans are laid out in a precise fashion, and we must be willing to execute them as the Israelites were. If we are willing, walls will fall, and we will emerge victorious.