Watch for God

I was at the park the other day with my grandkids. My granddaughter, Kylie, came up to me with something she had found. It was one of those rubber wrist bands that was broken. It was no longer in a circular band, but instead, a straight one. On it in bold letters was written, “Watch for God.” What a great reminder for our day. We should surely keep our eyes open and watch for God in all aspects of our lives. The next morning, I opened up my emails. What did I see? An article by Randy Alcorn entitled, “Watch for God at the Olympics.” God had my attention!

I have always loved the verse from 1 Timothy 4:8 which talks about physical training vs. spiritual training. As we watch the Olympics, as with any sport, the people who compete are built in a way that none of us regular folks are. I remember a time I was at the car wash and a man walked into the waiting area. I knew instantly he was a professional athlete just by the way he was built and how he carried himself. It wasn’t long and another person there recognized him and said something to the effect of, “Tough game yesterday.” Then I knew…he played for the Oakland Raiders. Since I am a fan of the Raiders, and always have been, I should have known who he was. I had watched the game the day before. The helmets may be my excuse for not recognizing him.

How about us? When we are at a car wash, work, or anywhere we go, do we stand out? Are we recognized because of the power and strength of the Holy Spirit inside of us as believers in Jesus Christ? If someone is watching for God, will they see Him in us? If not, why not? Are we paying enough attention to the spiritual training required of us to walk in a way that is different? Are our spiritual muscles strong, flexible, peace-loving, and kind? I mean, who doesn’t want the body of an athlete with no flab, no cellulite, no wrinkles, great flexibility, and endurance! Most of the athletes competing in the Olympics are young, yes, but it’s so much more than that. They put time, effort, heart, soul, and guts into their sport. They are fully devoted to it, or they would never make it to the Olympics. It requires a special diet, certain routine, the right people around them, knowledge of their sport, and yes, probably a giftedness for what they are doing that comes from Heaven above. If we put the same amount of effort into our spiritual training, the results would be phenomenal. We would walk differently, talk differently, and shine with the light of Jesus that the world around us would see.

Searching And Noticing the Divine calls us to watch for God. It is fun seeing Him show up in so many ways. But let’s also be in training so others can see God in us. Being fully devoted to time in the Word, prayer, fellowship, and obedience, we and those around us will see Him. Our eternal reward will be so much more than a gold medal—it will be the salvation of our souls through our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the greatest award of all! And the Bible tells us that those who eagerly anticipate Jesus’ return will receive a crown of righteousness. (2 Timothy 4:8) How wonderful to imagine stepping up to Jesus, face to face one day, and receiving our reward on that Day!

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)