My basketball coach would be so proud of me for remembering this…he used to always say that it isn’t practice that makes perfect, but that “perfect practice makes perfect.” If you halfway go through the motions in practice, the game is going to reveal the input of your effort.
I admit that practice wasn’t always my favorite thing; games were more fun, more exciting. Practice was full of draining—sometimes excruciating—hard work. But that was where you learned, where you trained, where your real ability was shown—with no one watching but your team.
I think of how the Lord spoke of the Pharisees, how they did not practice what they preached. They spent a lot of time giving out rules that they didn’t completely follow themselves.
Hypocrisy—one of the surefire weapons the enemy can use to keep the lost from being found. No one wants to be preached to by someone who doesn’t put into practice what they confidently proclaim. They want real.
I can’t plead with someone to read and believe the Word if I never dare to pick it up myself. I cannot proclaim the power of the Holy Spirit if I sow to my flesh. We don’t have time for pretension. The world can watch the game and recognize who didn’t show up for practice. Let’s get real.
Lord, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You don’t change, so help me to stand firm on the foundation of who You are and put into practice Your Word within me. Don’t let me speak one way and live another. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Peter 2:12