1 Peter 1:6-7
When athletes enters a sporting event they want to do well; they do not enter their event hoping to lose. As appealing as it may be just to enter an event and win, in reality, it is just not enough to enter the event. It requires them to develop their abilities and participate.
How are abilities developed? They are developed by training THROUGH resistance. If we want to develop stronger muscle it requires us to work the muscle THROUGH resistance.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we all want to finish well. Like an athlete, our faith needs to be trained like an athlete’s muscle. Today’s Scripture, speaks of troubles, which can come in the form of trials or temptations. They are necessary for the refinement of our faith. These troubles are a part of the spiritual training that develops our faith, just as physical training strengthens muscles.
So why does the athlete endure training? For the joy of victory! How do they endure? They make the joy their focus! They endure through the pains of training, so when they enter their event they will have the best opportunity to hear the cheers. So why do we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, endure the spiritual training of our faith? For the living HOPE of the resurrection that awaits us (v.3). How do we endure? By making this HOPE, in all its forms, our focus!
Most are not fond of physical training. Neither are they fond of spiritual training which come in the forms of trouble. If we look upon them for the result God intends for us in our life; rather than, the momentary discomfort they bring. Like an athlete we can rejoice through them knowing that they are refining and proving us to be genuine.
It is the genuineness of our faith, refined by the troubles of this life, that will bring about praise, glory and honor when our Jesus returns. This HOPE my friends is the focus that will cause our FAITH to endure. So rejoice not in your troubles, but through them, because you know they are making you a genuine disciples of Jesus. God Bless you in this Hope!