"We're talking about PRACTICE!"

We’re talking about practice!

“And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure...

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices

righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.”

1 JOHN 3:3,7

A few years ago a NBA basketball player, Allen Iverson, went on a rant at a press conference. He didn’t appreciate sports reporters questioning his attendance of his team’s practices. Iverson responded to reporters “I’m supposed to be the franchise player and we’re in here talking about PRACTICE! Not a game! Not a game but PRACTICE!” His response is now looked upon with humor but the message it conveys is dangerous. Sometimes we Christians don’t value practice like we should, too.

1 John 3 talks about “practicing righteousness” here are 4 ways to practice righteousness:

1.    Choose your team!

Jesus came to destroy sin (1 John 3:8)! The devil is seeking to devour all (1 Peter 5:8). There’s no middle ground. Know where you stand. Leave no doubt to those around you as to who you are and who’s you are!

 

2.    Know the rules!

 To play or practice a sport effectively you have to know the rules.  The same truth applies to practicing righteousness. 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to “study to show thyself approved” and Hosea chapter 4 warns of the dangers of ignorance.

 

3.    Good Habits!

 Develop the habit of prayer, Bible reading, serving, treating those around in a loving manner, and attending the assembly. The world will know us by our actions. It’s easy to develop bad habits. We fight those daily. How wonderful would it be to have Godly habits?

 

4.    Challenge each other!

Allen Iverson may have been a great basketball player and when he missed practice it may not have hurt him. It did hurt his teammates. His absence meant those teammates didn’t get to practice against and with a great player. In the Lord’s church we are a family. We are a team. It’s us versus the worldly. We all have a responsibility to each other! Your actions are affecting someone in else in your congregation. If you are absent someone else will be negatively affected by that. Are your affecting for good or bad? Examine yourself. Build your teammates up with what you practice in your daily life!

 

Many coaches use the phrase “you play like you practice!” I believe that to be true in sports and in our spiritual lives. Mr. Iverson believed that didn’t apply to him.

 What about you? How are you practicing?

 

Brendan Chance

Associate Minister

Austinville Church of Christ

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