“It Don’t Take All That To Be A Christian Man”

Originally Posted Thursday, January 26, 2012

That’s a line taken from LeCrae’s Hip-Hop song called, “Fanatic”… referring to his desire to follow Jesus.

The line he sings goes like this…

“Even after he rose, man the world ain’t changed

They still rejecting the name, still look at us strange

Still tell us without shame that our faith’s insane

and, it don’t take all that to be a Christian man.”

This resonates with me because the Lord has impressed upon my heart recently, I Corinthians 9:24-27. And it says…

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Let me mention how these verses resonate with me.

I used to be a quarterback for Alabama State University Hornets in the early to mid 90’s. Though I never got a chance to start, I did play. And when I played, I trained like a maniac! Everything I did to become the best quarterback I could be shaped every area of my life then. Eating certain foods to gain weight, lifting weights to get stronger, running wind sprints to get faster, sleeping at a reasonable time to have energy for the next day and throwing the football to receivers… all of this was a part of getting better. I was so relentless in training that if I didn’t have anyone to throw the ball to, I would throw the ball where the receiver should be…run to retrieve the ball…and then returned back to the line where I threw the ball originally!

I trained to compete in order to be a starter and win a championship… perishable crowns.

The verses above is telling me to train relentlessly in receiving the imperishable crown… like I trained in being a collegiate quarterback!

But in doing that “relentless training” for the imperishable crown, I must be honest. My worries of what others think about me can be burdensome. If I disciplined myself in order to receive the imperishable crown (Jesus Himself) the way I did the perishable crown (becoming the starting quarterback, leading my team to a championship), I’m sure people (especially other Christians) will look at me and say, “IT DON’T TAKE ALL THAT TO BE A CHRISTIAN MAN!”

So why don’t I choose to discipline myself for theimperishable crown as if I were looking to lead a team to a championship?

Oh, I want to…and only by God’s grace will I!

But I know it will cost me…I will be misunderstood…I know I will not be liked at all times…I risk being looked down upon.

But at the end of the day, I want Jesus and His ways!

Like Paul says in Philippians 3:12-14, “12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. I haven’t attained it yet but I press on to the higher calling in Christ.”

That is my heart’s desire!

Please pray that I will do everything that I can to run in such a way as to win the imperishable crown. For in my book, “It will take all that for me to love my Savior!”

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