Romans 3:21-25—“…God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[a] and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood…”
The objective of golf is to sink the shot—to put the ball in the hole with the least amount of swings possible. For many people, golfing is a great way to relax and have fun, but for others, it’s just frustrating. They might have an antique set of golf clubs—the tools to sink the shot—sitting in their garage because they are too frustrated, embarrassed, insecure, or prideful to play.
A lot of people give up on a hope-filled life with God because they feel like they can’t sink the shot, like they will never measure up. Some of us would rather continually miss the mark—sin—instead of learning from God how to hit the mark.
To hit the mark, we have to learn to loosen up. When we tighten up, we are trying to prove to God that we are righteous—it’s why you see people walking into church like they’ve been baptized in lemon juice! We try and try to please God when Romans 3 says that we will never measure up by ourselves. Understand that forgiveness really does mean forgiveness! With Christ we can learn to hit the mark—to sink the shot.
The enemy would love for us to constantly focus on our misses, but we have to change our focus to Christ and allow Him to guide our lives. Loosen up on yourself, and tighten up on the hope in Christ.
2 Timothy 3:15-17—“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
In golf, certain clubs help you do certain things. If you don’t know what the purpose of each club is and when to pull it out, you will continue to miss the hole.
Many of us have lost hope in God and trust in our own judgment because we listen to what we think or what they said. We distrust the Bible because we pulled a verse out of context, or it “didn’t work.” We can’t just pick and choose whatever we want from the Bible; we have to understand how to apply God’s Word to our lives. The Bible contains all the tools we need to get through life hitting the mark; we just have to know how to apply it.
James 1:22-25—“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
Faith is taking action without knowing where the ball will land. You have to actually swing in order to sink the shot. Fear shows a lack of trust in God and causes missed opportunities. We tend to lean on our own experiences instead of leaning on God.
His grace is sufficient for every area of our lives. Loosen up, listen up, and take a swing, and the Fruit of the Spirit will be produced in your life and you will have peace beyond human understanding. When God forgives you, He does not forget you. He wants to equip you so that you can sink the shot, and help others do the same.
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