Matthew7:24 – Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
1 Peter 2:6 – Behold, I lay in Zion a choice Stone, a precious Cornerstone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.
Psalm 62:6-7 – He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
2 Timothy 2:20 – The firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His”, and, “everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness”.
Over the course of this last summer FCA Hockey conducted 11 camps or clinics across the US and internationally where we taught basic skills. We were working to build a foundation from which players can grow. Basic skills of hockey are skating, passing, puck handling, and shooting. However, building a skater’s foundation in hockey wasn’t our main goal – our main goal was to build their foundation in faith. Foundation of faith is knowing Jesus Christ. Deuteronomy 6:5 – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
I believe the basics to grow in this relationship is through daily prayer (1 Thes 5:17), daily reading of scripture (Psalm 119:9-11), and meeting regularly with believers (Hebrews 10:24-25). If we have our foundation as Jesus Christ and excel in the basics of prayer, scripture, and fellowship, then we will be those who built upon the rock (Matt 7:24) and will increase in faith.
Many hockey players look at the pros and think they are ‘superhuman’, because they can’t fathom being able to do the things the pros can do. But professional hockey players can do those ‘superhuman’ things (which really aren’t superhuman) because they excel at the basics of skating, puck handling, passing, and shooting – they worked on them repeatedly for years, even when they turn pro. Likewise, I think many people look at Christians who show extreme hospitality, joyfully accept persecution, or become martyrs (things which are more superhuman than anything done on the ice) and think they could never do those things. For Christians, continually growing in scripture, prayer, and fellowship – working on these repeatedly for years – will build our relationship with Jesus. This is what enables us to endure hardship (2 Tim 2:3), give hilariously (2 Cor 9:7), accept persecution (2 Cor 12:10), or even become martyrs (Phil 1:23).
It is brilliance in the basics that allows professional hockey players to play the game at the level they do. Aspiring hockey players continue to work on their skills in hopes of achieving higher levels. Just as a hockey player works on basic skills, Christians must continue in the basics of prayer, scripture, and fellowship. It is brilliance in the basics of faith that will grow our relationship with Jesus Christ – which is where peace, satisfaction, and joy are found. Psalm 62:6-7 – He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
How do you do in growing in the basics of reading scripture, praying and meeting with other believers?
Which of these ‘basics’ do you excel in the most? Which one do you need to grow the most in?
For additional reading see – Matthew 6:5-13, Matthew 4:4, Romans 15:4, John 13:34-35
Posted on Tue, October 1, 2013
by Todd Lohstreter filed under