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It's the Follow-Through That Counts (8 of 9)
I love to play tennis but I have a big problem with my follow-through. When I hit the ball, instead of bringing the racket on through to complete the swing, I stop--and the ball sails out of bounds. I just can't remember to follow through. That's why I gave up golf. In every sport, following through seems to be necessary. A few days ago I was watching a Little League baseball game. The pitcher, who looked to be about seven or eight years old, was having a tough time getting the ball across. After a bad pitch, his mother yelled from the bleachers, "Follow through, Greg! Follow through!" I keep hoping I'll find a sport that doesn't require follow-through.
I spent a lot of time looking for a spiritual experience like that, too--you know, one that didn't require any follow-through. I prefer to be borne along effortlessly in my Christian walk, but that's not the way it works. Some great spiritual experiences faded into nothingness because I failed to follow through. For many, the Christian life is like a soap box derby. Someone gives you a big shove down a steep hill and you're sailing. The wind whistles in your ears, the people sweep by, and everything's great. Then suddenly you begin to slow down; you get slower and slower until finally you stop. You're stalled until you find another hill and someone to give you another push. A lot of folks are stalled in the wilderness, hoping God will come along and give them a big push that will propel them into a big, beautiful experience. The roadside is littered with countless Christians who used to be "really turned on" for the Lord. Most of them are there because they didn't follow through.
The Bible has a lot to say about this. Paul, for instance, emphasized the walk of the Christian: "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him" (Colossians 2:6). Most of us in our public testimonies stress our "crisis experie ...
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