Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.Why can we do this? Because,
"I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." … "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." – 2 Cor. 6:16-18
Look, we have a role to play. Because we are in Christ, are filled with the Holy Spirit, and have received the power of God’s amazing grace, we are no longer simply pieces on a chess board waiting to moved and manipulated by the world. No, we have been activated and moved to a completely different game (not that life is really a game). In this new game we are allowed, no expected, to play an active role and be players - not just passive pieces. It’s like being transformed from a pawn on a chessboard to the quarterback of an NFL team.
That is exciting. Sadly, many people fear this new role and keep longing to be a powerless piece on a chessboard again. They seem to lack the faith and understanding that the game has changed and that we have a coach who has never lost a game.
So, how do we find success in this new role? How do we make this a winning experience? Here’s the beauty, we have been given everything we need to win. In fact, victory is guaranteed if we just do what the coach tells us to do:
- Study the playbook (Bible) and know it inside and out.
- Practice and train both in-season and out of season.
- Enter the game with the confidence of a winner.
- Run the plays given to us by the coach.
Embrace your new role with confidence because you are no longer a pawn, but instead a superstar player on the winning team that is coached by Jesus Christ himself.
There are so many examples throughout scripture of our active involvement. Another that comes quickly to mind in found in Acts 2 when Peter instructs at Pentecost to "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."