I like sports. Particularly I like football. Specifically, I like the Kansas City Chiefs. I like Chis Conley, a player for the Chiefs, who is a self-proclaimed “military brat” and a “lover of Christ” and a pretty good wide receiver.
Chris suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last year early in the season. Recently, in an interview concerning his rehabilitation and return to playing he talked about having to “trust his legs to make high-speed cuts” but that he had “knocked some of that rust off.” I look forward to seeing what Chris and his teammates do this season and optimistically have plans for a special Super Bowl Party!
But what Chris said about trusting his legs and knocking the rust off got me thinking. Don’t we all have to do that after setbacks? While I am nowhere in the league of a professional football player I have some goals that require physical training; I’m preparing for a marathon and have had some physical setbacks. As I recovered from these I found that the “rust” that needed knocked off is mental and emotional more than physical. “The hamstring feels strong…but will it give out if I push it and if it does, will I even be able to go to work on Monday that is necessary to provide for my family?” That is fear.
We must knock off the rust, and trust!
Satan likes it when we live in fear, particularly when a follower of Christ fears sharing their faith. He probably gets over “losing” one, but he does not want that one to share the truth with others because then he “loses” many.
Jesus teaches us to knock off the rust, and trust. Here is what He says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
To keep this in context, the disciples had recently observed the crucifixion of the One they were following, but more importantly witnessed His resurrection—His defeat over death! As Jesus Christ ascended to His rightful place in Heaven He told them, and us, to knock off the rust, and trust!
When we share the Gospel it does not always take immediately with people. That is not our sign to quit–if we do, that is fear that is covered with rust and shows a lack of trust. It’s not easy–but nothing worth obtaining rarely is. The bottom line is we are commanded to “go” and “teach”, both of which are action verbs.
We cannot “go” with rust, we cannot “teach” without trust!