Make Every Effort
2 Peter 1:5-7 - “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love”.
Growing up, I loved the game of hockey. As I entered my teenage years, I quickly identified my ultimate goal – to play D1 college hockey. At that time, I was not the best on my team and I was certainly not one of the better players in my league. In order to even get close to my goal, I knew it require doing the “extras”: running the extra mile, shooting the extra 50 pucks in the driveway, and doing the extra reps in the gym. On top of the “extras”, it would take a strong mental effort on my part - the drive inside of me that pushed me to reach my goal. As I progressed to a new level each year, I continued my hard work to ensure that I was maximizing my potential.
Looking back on my hockey career, I am able to see how committed I was to being the best I could be. As I examined my relationship with Jesus recently, it didn't take long for me to realize that I was not giving the same effort.
Similar to many others, I thought that I just needed to show up and everything would work out the way I wanted it to - show up at church on Sundays, do my 5-10 minutes of quiet time every day and occasionally participate in a weekly bible study. But do hockey players get better by just showing up to practice? Do they develop their skill by carelessly lofting pucks into the net in their driveway? Do they get stronger by going to the gym for 15 minutes just to say that they lifted? Or does it take effort – skating as hard as possible in practice, shooting as hard and as precisely as possible in the driveway, or doing an extra rep in the gym? In the same way, a person with a heart for Jesus should be giving every effort to pursue Jesus on a consistent basis.
2 Peter 1:5 says to “make every effort” to develop and increase in goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. Are you making every effort to increase your knowledge of God’s Word? Are you making every effort to place boundaries in your life to ensure that you have self-control? Are you making every effort to love those around you, regardless of how unpopular your decisions may be with the world? James 4:8 says “draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”: are you making every effort to draw near to Him in order to get to know Him more, or are you casually squeezing in 5-10 minutes of quiet time in every day just to “show up” for Jesus.
My hockey career is over and, sooner or later, my working career will be as well. The most important aspect of my life is and will always be Jesus. Am I making every effort in every area of my life to know Jesus more and further His kingdom? I encourage you to join me in challenging ourselves to identify areas in our lives where we can give more of an effort to live out 2 Peter 1:5-7. Let’s not waste another day!
What do you do to be the best that you can be at hockey?
Do you have the same work ethic in your relationship with Jesus?
How will you make “every effort” to ensure that Jesus is more important than anything else in your life (including hockey)?
Start small – list 1-3 things that you could actively do to begin making every effort in your relationship with Jesus and commit to doing those things.
2 Peter 1:8-11, Ephesians 5:6, Philippians 1:20
About the Author
Jamie Jelinek is a former Division 1 Hockey player at Holy Cross who now works in Washington, DC. He has been involved with FCA Hockey for several years after serving as a camp counselor and starting the team hockey huddle at Holy Cross. Today he serves on the National Leadership Board of FCA Hockey.
Posted on Tue, September 15, 2015
by Rick Randazzo